ONE OF MY FAVORITE WORKOUTS - EVER.
Getting my first pair of ballet shoes at the age of 3, ballet and dance have always been a part of my life. Growing up I did it all - ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, musical theatre (although I am tone deaf, singing with a crowd always helps!) and relished in all my after school classes usually 4-5 times a week with rehearsals on the weekends. I was a 'dancer' and loved every moment.
After 17 years of dance, and after doing a professional contract overseas, I knew that it wasn't my passion and I did not want to pursue it professionally. I had always known this, because as much as I enjoyed dancing on the stage, it didn't ignite my fire like I know it does for many and all professional dancers.
I've been active my entire life as movement, exercise and getting my heart pumping is something I truly, LOVE and enjoy. Workouts relax me even if its a hardcore run, a yoga class or even a boxing class.
NOW enter in BALLET BEAUTIFUL - it combines two of my loves together. Working out + dance. Match made in heaven. Created by former professional Ballerina, Mary Helen Bower, it is a strenuous, yet low impact workout that truly targets those areas you didn't even know existed. I promise you, it will burn, but it is a 'oh so good burn'. If you saw Black Swan she is the genius behind training Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis...unreal.
A bit more about BB:
It encompasses targeted exercises and stretches to sculpt and tone sleek ballet muscles. Ballet Beautiful provides techniques to build and maintain the beauty, strength and grace of a ballerina.
Sleek ‘ballet’ muscles Beautiful posture Strong, lean center Increased flexibility
I have been doing it for a few months now and I can definitely see a lengthening of muscles and my ballet posture returning!
Hands down one of my favorite workouts and something that I do as part of my ever changing fitness repertoire. It is important to constantly be changing things up, working different muscles, trying new things as this is what keeps fitness fun + engaging. You will also notice more changes in your bod, as if you constantly use the same muscles over and over...you will build those and pretty much stay stagnant.
So get out there do some BB, run, walk, jog, hike, do yoga, spin, jump rope, grab a friend and go out dancing...just move. It feeds the soul and body.
*also summer is near and cut-offs + swim suits are calling. Never a bad thing to amp it up just a tad ; )