Ballet Abdominal Workout

Let’s work on those abs! Strong abdominal muscles are key to many of the difficult (and even easy) moves that we do every dance class from grandes battements to pirouettes and grandes jetés.

As with any exercise or activity it is imperative that you use caution and avoid injuring yourself. Pain is only acceptable and good when it is because you are engaging your muscles.

Your core is your center of gravity and all movement begins there, according to Dr. Robert Donatelli in an article for SportsMD website. The core stabilizes the legs and mobilizes bones, allowing movement. A ballet dancer needs strong core muscles to perform lifts, stabilize the torso during leaps and facilitate graceful stretching and bending during a dance routine.

Thanks to one of my partners in crime from school for showing me this awesome ab workout routine.

20 crunches
30 vertical leg crunches
5 lying leg raises
30 Russian twists
:30 second plank
:30 second side plank (each side)
20 mountain climbers
10 leg climb crunches
30 bicycles
10 oblique crunches (each side)
:30 second plank
10 seated knee tucks
10 leg climb crunches
5 lying leg raises
30 mountain climbers

Keep calm and dance on!!!

Miss Amanda 😉