Fitness and Stretching For The Dancer – Part 2 of 2

4 Sep

Continued from Part 1

The dancer must go lighter on certain body parts,  biceps, front delt, lower back, calves, and hamstrings. This is due to some dancers performing on what’s called a “raked stage”,  these muscles are usually sore due to the angle of the stage which they perform on.

The dancer must go lighter on certain body parts,  biceps, front delt, lower back, calves, and hamstrings. This is due to some dancers performing on what’s called a “raked stage”,  these muscles are usually sore due to the angle of the stage which they perform on.

Dancers do not have to work the core when bodybuilding.  Lifting heavier (properly)  than they usually do will engage their core enough.  Excessive development of the abs and obliques will leave the dancer with a possible protruding stomach, especially if they are singers as well as dancers, as the diaphram will be working at pushing out the stomach.

Dancers do not have to work the core when bodybuilding.  Lifting heavier (properly)  than they usually do will engage their core enough.  Excessive development of the abs and obliques will leave the dancer with a possible protruding stomach, especially if they are singers as well as dancers, as the diaphram will be working at pushing out the stomach.

Watch your turnout!  Concentrate on parallel feet, knees slightly bent. Do not hyperextend knees, or sway back.  If the exercise calls for turnout and turn in, such as with squats, do not aim for ballet positions,  a slight turnout (barely noticeable) is sufficient.

Dancers tend to need to concentrate on chest, lats, and shoulders when starting a body building exercise.  They will have a fear of building bulky leg muscles.

Dancers usually don’t eat nearly enough when they start a bodybuilding program.  They skip breakfast and they drink way too much coffee,  anymore than 2 cups a day will lower testosterone levels.  They tend to binge eat and are used to getting away with terrible “cheat meals”.  focus on adding a great deal of snacks through out the day. and make sure they are not using protein shakes as replacements for food.  They should be eating organic, well balanced foods.

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