Ballet dancers have strong, thin, muscular bodies, thanks to all those hours of training and exercises at the bar. Ballet inspired workouts are becoming more and more popular as dance classes for adults are popping up in storefronts, and while they may not turn you into a prima ballerina primed to perform, they very well may help sculpt your body, strengthen your core, improve your balance and build long, lean muscles.
Ballet workouts insist on keeping a straight back with hips parallel on both sides. If you’ve never had good posture, participating in ballet will bring that into focus and make you more aware of it, so that you can correct it even after your workout is over.
Core muscle conditioning is at the very heart of ballet. The core muscles are the ones that keep you upright, including your lower back, pelvis, hips and abdominal muscles. Ballet provides core strengthening and stability work. You may very well see tighter abdominal muscles, slimmer hips, a tauter stomach and a stronger back, after doing ballet positions and exercises.
Ballet strengthens every muscle in your body. In addition to core muscles, you will also be working out your arms, legs and gluteal, or buttocks muscles. Ballet works on the quadriceps, as well as the inner and outer thighs, giving legs a long, lean appearance. The biceps and triceps, upper and lower muscles in your arm, as well as those muscles in your shoulder and back are also strengthened and elongated by performing ballet.
Balance and Coordination
Ballet is designed to improve your balance and coordination, as it engages your core muscles. The more you practice ballet choreography, the stronger your core muscles get and the better your balance becomes.
Flexibility and Fun
Ballet stretches and elongates every muscle in your body. Stretching improves flexibility, which in turn can help prevent injuries to muscles and joints which become tight over time. Stretching also increases blood flow to muscles. Ballet is also performed to classical music, which helps your mind relax and your body de-stress. Ballet is an art form and there is a creative and expressive element involved, as your body performs moves in time with the music. Ballet workouts are choreographed, so you are flexing your mind and memory to process and remember each movement and step.