How Do Ballet Dancers Maintain Their Fitness When They Aren’t Dancing?

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Ballet dancers are known for their beauty, fluidity, artistry, elegance and poise.

But how do they keep their bodies and minds in shape? Is just ballet enough?

All the movements look so effortless, full of grace and confidence; it is understandable why ordinary people fail to understand how demanding and complex ballet actually is.

Dancers are serious athletes, always using their personal free time off studio/stage to improve strength, agility, speed, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance in order to prevent dance-related injuries. But even that isn’t enough. They are always obsessed to find more rigorous cross-training. But what?

Here is a list of the most popular cross-training activities for Ballet Dancers for 2014.

Pilates:

For many years Pilates have been a very popular activity for dancers looking for an effective workout.It increases the dancer’s strength, flexibility and balance.

Many other benefits of Pilates for dancers is learning how to use and leverage breathing techniques.

Learning the most appropriate times to inhale and exhale while pushing your limits will dramatically enhance your stamina while training or in a performance.

Yoga:

When regularly practised, Yoga can be extremely beneficial for Ballet dancers on stage and off. Benefits include improving flexibility, posture, balance, strength, and breathing.

Ballet dancers often agree Yoga boosts mental and physical confidence as well as connectedness with one’s body.

Elliptical Trainer:

The Elliptical is one of the most popular cardio machines in any gym. Perfect to strength leg muscles and improve stamina. Specially male ballet dancer new to make sure their legs are strong, capable to support not only his own body weight but the weight of the ballerina he is lifting as well!

Swimming:

Dancers are often distinguished by their beautiful long lean muscles, and swimming twice a week all year around is an effective way to achieve those muscles, improve stamina and increase endurance.

Swimming is very popular between dancers, especially because it also serves as an excellent non-weight-bearing re-charger for sore muscles.

Other Dance Genre’s:

Dancers love to move. But most of the times they find themselves with no extra time or sufficient energy to actually practice other forms of dance. As a solution for cross-training, many dancers choose different styles of dance. Weather they do them at home alone or at the studio with friends, these are always effective and fun choices:

Salsa, Zumba,
Samba, Pole dancing,
ChaCha, Tango, Rhumba,
Hip-Hop,

Why don’t you try one?
You might find a new Healthy hobby.

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