Ballet Workout Plans
Imagine my surprise when I was tagged on Instagram by one of our Community members! She had read a post from 2016, “How to improve your ballet technique without going to class.” . This was one of my first post on the subject and people writing about goals for improving your technique.
An inspirational Workout Plan from a reader!
I read the excellent article written by Sarah Arnold @the_accidental_artist about setting goals as a ballerina so I’ve decided on the following to be achieved by the summer break. I’ve tried to set what I believe are attainable objectives while remaining reasonable, which isn’t my forte.
1/ middle split and higher extensions (must keep seeing the physio to heal my recovering leg)
2/ strong passe relevé on BOTH legs
3/ improved turnout
4/ concentrate more on my upper body/arms especially when in motion
5/ improved balance (got to tackle vertigo) especially when in motion
6/ improved pirouettes en-dehors and en-dedans
7/ prevent injury by reducing overexercise at the gym
8/ better focus so as not to let myself distracted by the others’ mistakes and failures.
9/ patience (tough one!)😁
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Key points for your Workout Plan
This plan has so many wonderful aspects!
She is checking in with a physio to be safe for her flexibility goals since one leg is recovering.
There are isolated elements of technique that if improved will enhance all aspects of her dancing: one-legged relevé, turnout strength (I assume, not stretch), working on balance when in motion (what a great distinction) and focus on arm positions while moving as well. For goal #6 “improved pirouettes”, I think her work on a solid passé relevé and upper body/arms will definitely help!
Then, she closes with something that I do not hear that often but it is a great observation. Working out too much at the gym :). Dance is an athletic endeavor and it is wise to prioritize what activity is most important to you. If you do the same repetitive movements at the gym as dance, you could develop an overuse injury. My advice for gym workouts is to focus on some of the key muscles needed in your back, core and arms. If you wish to strengthen your feet– do them parallel at the gym. All ballet conditioning is perfect for a mat workout but you can also do that at home with a floor barre or Pilates routine.
Patience and Focus
Wow, I am so impressed with this well-rounded assessment by this dancer of herself. Focus is essential and could be subdivided into multiple goals within a class such as:
- pick up all combinations at the barre
- then add~ pick up all combinations in center
- always know the port de bras and head position
- learn the musical counts of all combinations
Patience is one of those daily tasks in my opinion. I am impatient in nature as well. All I can say is that we are here for the ride, so enjoy it and keep your goals realistic and in segments. You will be sure to achieve improvement and meet your goals gradually. Yes, be patience and kind to yourself.
Ballet is hard work!