Ballet Cross Training
I had a chance this morning to bring the video camera into my workout session. I wanted to show my loyal blog followers the type of workout that I do in the off-season to keep my body lean and toned. It is sometimes hard for Professional Dancers to get into the studio over the summer because there are no classes available and/or they cannot afford to pay for them. (Yes, these days most studios are even charging professionals to take class!) If you are not lucky enough to have a studio near you offering free classes, you definitely need to look into the things you can do in the comfort of your own home! I happen to be lucky enough to have an oversized 3 car garage and a ballet barre, so I am able to give myself class at home.
A lot of the exercises I do in the video, mainly the plie jump squat, work on specific weaknesses that I need to target. The plie jump squats help improve my spring in jumps both in ballet class and on stage. I also make sure to add a 10 lb kettlebell to the equation so that I feel lighter when I perform the same movement in ballet class.
I will be making more of these videos in the near future and will be releasing instructional videos too! Stay tuned and please, bookmark this page.
Best in Health,
Nikol Klein, Professional Ballet Dancer/ Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist
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Posted on August 8, 2009, in Ballet, ballet nutrition, Ballet Strength, fitness, Injury Prevention, Strength Training for Dancers, Technique Tips and tagged ballet cross training, ballet health, ballet strength, ballet workout, cross training for dancers, dance, dance strength, fitness, nikol klein, san diego personal trainer, san diego personal training. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.
Hello – just wanted to leave a comment to say how much I’ve enjoyed browsing your blog today. You have some lovely pictures and your posts are always interesting. Thank you !
Hi Nikol, I love your post. Your cross training tips remind me of my earlier blog posts…I started my personal training company TrainerDiva, Inc. as a cross training company for dancers. It has since evolved into in-home personal training for women since many dancers could not afford to train and take technique class in this economy.. Needless to say, I am a HUGE advocate of cross training for dancers because I think it is neglected in many dance curriculums. Great content as well : )
Thank you for the kind words! I will definitely have to google you!