Step 1 Decide What You’re Training:
- Choose two to three exercises per section of the body.
- Lower body includes ankles, quads, hamstrings, calves, glutes / butt muscles
- Core / low back
- Upper body includes upper back, shoulders and arms
Step 2 Decide on Sets and Repetitions:
- When training larger muscles like the legs with big jumping exercises, aim for 5 – 10 repetitions.
- When training smaller muscles like arms with more isolated exercises like a bicep curl, aim for 15 – 20.
- I always like doing each exercise 3 times through.
- You can always make a circuit and do each exercise for 40 seconds then rest for 20 before moving on to the next
Step 3 Follow These Expert Tips
- When doing multiple sets of planks, alternate between hands and elbows to give your wrists a break.
- When you work one muscle, be sure to train the muscle that is its opposite. For example, biceps and triceps, hamstrings and quads, glutes and hip flexors.
- If you feel any pain in your low back while planking, squeeze your tummy like you’re bracing for a punch and drop your knees to the floor.
- Stretch your hips in a runner’s lunge with your back knee down and chest up. Instead of rocking your body forward, simply tuck your butt and try to get both hip bones facing front.
- Putting an athletic band around your upper thigh can make your leg workout even more effective. They’re cheap and can be used in hundreds of ways.
- When you’re short on time and have dancers who need to strengthen their ankles, have them do their exercises while brushing their teeth or waiting for food to cook
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Feel free to print these off and use them in your next class. Remember, the bigger exercises need less repetitions and the smaller ones that only work one muscle at a time can endure many more repetitions.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions! Introducing strength training to your dancers is so important and I want you to feel confident about your ability to lead them.