Published on: 29th October, 2018
Whether or not you consider dance to be a sport, athleticism is required. From star ballet principals to impressive young talent on television’s top competitive dance shows, today’s dancers are reaching new physical heights. And the reality? It takes way more than just dance classes to do ten pirouettes, jump high, or maintain endurance for an entire performance. This is where cross-training enters the picture. If you’re ready to enhance your dancing and stay ahead of the curve, consider incorporating these fitness activities into your routine.
Why take a barre fitness class when I already take regular ballet classes? Valid question with a short answer: Because it’s not the same thing. Other than the actual ballet barre, a barre fitness class is much different. Instead of working on flexibility or extension, this workout will fine tune and strengthen almost every muscle group. Ballet concepts like pliés, turnout, and port de bras are incorporated into the exercises using light weights, resistance bands, and isolation exercises. So, when you go back to dance class, you’ll feel stronger and more centered. Plus, no leotards or tights are required. Try BLOCH’s Adjustable Bra Top and High Waist Stirrup Leggings. And prepare to feel the burn!
Not only does yoga offer a workout that centers the mind and body, a regular practice can enhance your extension and upper body strength–a neglected area for many dancers. Hot styles of yoga that are practiced in a heated room will also challenge your flexibility. BLOCH’s Geneva or Adelia micro length shorts are perfect for the heat and will provide unrestricted mobility. Pilates is another supplemental workout to compliment your training. From the staple Hundreds exercise, to strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, this workout will make you realize how strong your body truly is.
A dance class, in general, is anaerobic–there’s a lot of stop and start action. So, incorporating regular cardiovascular workouts to build stamina (and lung capacity) is invaluable for a dancer. Although an admirable feat, this doesn’t mean you need to start running marathons to notice results. The most common forms of safe, low-impact cardio workouts for dancers are swimming, cycling, and circuit training. After 20-30 minutes once a week of a continuous workout, you’ll be less winded and jumping higher in dance class.