Posted on: March 5th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
A quick look in the mirror today reminded me that Iâ€™ve been schlepping off on my workouts. I was in a pretty bad car accident mid November of last year which immobilized me considerably and effectively kept me away from the gym for the last 3 months or so. When youâ€™re on a tight schedule and your gym is not at home, getting to and from work with a gym in between becomes damn near impossible. Yes Iâ€™ve seen athletes pull it off, but Iâ€™m no athlete.
Looking at my pasty self in front of that mylar mirror made me think of Black Swan and all those skinny dancers. Not because I bear a striking resemblance to Natalie Portman,I do, but because of how damn skinny I am! Which leads to me to this rant: Dancers. HOLY CRAP! Have you seen a male dancer? In full get-up and all?? They are INSANELY fit! I guess youâ€™d expect that from anyone that has to balance their body on their toes while gracing across the matlay dance flooring. Flexing and holding impossibly painful, yet strangely beautiful, poses in front of glassless mirrors. Arousing many a curious patron with their grace and flexibility while practicing on their ballet bar.
It was then and there that I think I needed to get into classical/ballet and dancing. My slender figure would benefit greatly, as would anyone elseâ€™s, from the intense workouts and discipline required of a ballerina. A tutu wouldnâ€™t be half bad either.Â Now I’m off to get my first piece of dance equipment for home.
Posted on: August 21st, 2012 by Chris Aviles
I love new and fun and ways to work out and thanks the one of my customers I was introduced the ballet barre workout.Â From what Iâ€™ve read this is a total body experienceÂ that uses all the muscle groups in a way that really helps promote strength, endurance and overall fitness.
The ballet barre workout uses a ballet bar to perform small isometric movements set to upbeat music. Which is why I think Iâ€™ll love it, Iâ€™m instantly obsessed with anything where I can shake my butt, especially if I can tone it at the same time!Â Supposedly, the ballet barre exercises burns fat fast, lifting the booty and toning the thighs, abs, hips and arms.Â My customer is opening his own exercise studio and swears that The Pure Barre workout is going to be the next big thing- like yoga or pilates, but better:
- Pilates works smaller muscles that realign the core and help to stabilize it, while the ballet barre workout works most muscles, small and large, by using body weight to isolate these muscles.
- Yoga offers a more comprehensive approach to health because people can work on their physical, mental and sometimes spiritual dimensions of health. The ballet barre workout focuses on fitness specifically by strengthening and stretching the muscles to provide overall power, grace and stamina.
I havenâ€™t done this workout, because I donâ€™t have a ballet barre yet, but from what I found online, it looks pretty fun and seriously effective.
Posted on: June 11th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
How many of you guys are like me and dance around the house when nobodyâ€™s watching?Â I know you wonâ€™t admit it, but you do. Â Anyway, Long story short, I don’t have a real dance floor at my house, so I wanted to make sure my bouncing and jumping around wasnâ€™t going to damage my wood floors (My house is lifted so itâ€™s hollow under the floorboards). Â On ehow.com I found out that dancing on a wood floor is better for your back and knees than dancing on concrete or tile floors, which are too hard. Â Dancing on hardwood floor or cushioned flooring lessens the impact on the joints and reduces the risk of injury.
I donâ€™t have a ballet bar in my house and I donâ€™t put on tap shoes.Â Iâ€™m not a professional dancer by any means, but Iâ€™ve always enjoyed dancing. Whether or not Iâ€™m any good is a whole different discussion, but I was happy to read that dancing is great exercise, and depending on the intensity of the activity, you can burn anywhere from 100 to 400 calories in an hour. Â Just 2 or 3 hours of social dancing can provide a moderate low-impact aerobic workout.Â Because dance requires good posture, a person who engages in it will also walk better, breathe better and feel better as a result. Â So, sometimes you might want to put away your exercise mat and just dance.Â
In additionÂ to the numerous health benefits, an evening of dancing can be an awful lot of fun, too. Â You just need to take steps to minimize the toll on your feet.