Beauty and grace are synonymous with a ballet dancer and they all have bodies to die for and now you don’t have to be a ballet dancer to look like one. Ballet dancers around the world usually have lean and lithe legs and bodies with strength and posture that some only dream about. While ballet is not for everyone, incorporating some of the dance moves into your fitness routine could have tremendous advantages. You also have to be realistic about your goals when participating in these classes – someone who is obese is not going to look like a ballet dancer without hard work and a really good diet as well.
Bring Out The Bar
After the movie “The Black Swan” was released many people flocked to a new form of exercise that combined ballet techniques, fat burning interval training, physical therapy, isometric muscle shaping as well as the elongating principles that dancers use for conditioning. The result was that a new kind of exercise form called The Bar Method was borne. A combination of moves such as these is bound to have you looking and feeling slimmer, and according to Burr Leonard, founder of The Bar Method,
This format produces both high caloric burn and firmer muscle mass. Most students who do The Bar Method regularly become slimmer and lighter, sometimes within months.
The added advantage of this method of exercise is that it is non-impact so even the older generation can participate. This one-hour class might be tough at first but judging by the feedback that many are giving, it is a total body workout that leaves participants toned and feeling like they have had a workout. There are even classes for moms-to-be which gives pregnant moms a further advantage in regaining their former figures quicker after birth.
The reason why ballet dancers look the way they do is because ballet aims at targeting smaller muscles that are not used as regularly as the larger muscle groups. When they stand, they are constantly pulling up out of their hips through their stomachs giving the appearance of elongation of the torso. Shoulders and back muscles come into play as you open up your shoulders and incorporate your back into keeping your shoulders open. Natalie Portman prepared for a year before launching into her role as the professional ballet dancer in “The Black Swan”. She trained under the guidance of Mary Helen Bowers, former dancer with the New York City Ballet and founder of the The Ballet Beautiful fitness method. She says that,
The inner thighs are engaging and you’re squeezing your butt to make sure you’re perfectly lifted. Everything is basically firing as one-and first position is just a resting point!
Add exercises that demand burst of energy and deep stretches and you are looking at a toned and fit body that will have you looking and feeling like a million dollars.
As you participate in this form of exercise you will soon realize that your body’s strength and endurance are being challenged. Some people have likened it to a Pilates class or a Yoga class but there are differences whereby your own body weight is used for the sculpting process of all the major muscle groups. Fitness comes exclusively from aligning, stretching and strengthening these muscle groups resulting in body changes that you will love as well as stamina, power and a little bit of grace. Even if you don’t look a million dollars just yet, you are bound to feel far better about yourself which is, in itself, a great positive that you can glean from this type of fitness.