How do you possibly get the perfect body from just one workout? Dance workouts are generally great for cardio burning but what about the strengthening and toning element? A pilates class maybe?!? Well, I have just the solution, all in one great dance fitness class.
Ballestics is the brand new explosive ballet workout that takes the traditional ballet workout and turns it on its head. Taking traditional ballet steps such as plie and tendu, it combines these with modern dance steps from all genres. This gives you the best of both worlds, offering a high energy workout that raises the heart-rate to burn calories, but at the same time has toning and strengthening benefits to help sculpt the body.
Differing to other ballet workouts, Ballestics doesn’t have any barre work, there’s no propping yourself up in a Ballestics class. This ensures people maximise the use of their core muscles and allows them to move more freely in the centre of the studio space and get the heart-rate lifted as quickly as possible. And forget about the lonely piano music from ballet classes gone-by, as a Ballestics class is set to current pop and dance music people instantly recognise, helping to boost their energy levels to the max.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
Traditionally ballet workouts are used as a kind of standing version of pilates, soft and gentle movements that focus mainly on toning. But as a male ballet dancer that trained at The Royal Ballet School, I’m very keen for people to know that this isn’t the only kind of ballet out there. The graceful and lyrical elements of a ballet class are beautiful and wonderful, but for me, ballet is so much more and is often under-represented in today’s market.
The explosive power and strength also involved in ballet is often lost in translation and so I wanted to create a ballet workout that captured all of those elements. Combining the graceful, often seen as more feminine elements, with the stronger, more masculine movements is essential when I choreograph the class, so that I can translate how much ballet has changed over the years, and how it’s not what you might have thought it was. For me ballet, done well, can be as sexy and powerful, cool and inspiring as any other dance form out there and it’s about time people got to experience that for themselves.Ballestics brings the ballet workout bang up-to-date, inspiring people with ballet in a way that’s never been done before. And the response we’re getting from people so far is amazing. Those that have tried ballet before obviously love it, but those that haven’t done ballet before seem to love it even more. Not just because it has great physical benefits, but because it’s ‘Ballet With Attitude!’ – it’s fun, easy and ultimately cool!
Ballestics is a set class of choreographed exercises starting with a warm up followed by plie, tendu, rond de jambe and so on until climaxing with jumps followed by a cool-down. The basic ballet movements used are easy to pick up and can be found in many ‘legs, bums and tums’ classes, so people instantly feel confident achieving them. And because they’re generally executed whilst standing on one leg, they really work your core muscles and help build strength and balance.
These basic moves are then combined with dance steps ranging from ballroom-like waltzing to current street dance moves that are equally as easy to pick up and help get your body moving so as to raise the heart-rate which helps to burn off calories. With each exercise choreographed as a short routine it’s an inspiring, easy and fun way for people everywhere to engage with ballet and all forms of dance, that has real physical and health benefits too.
For example, one of my clients has been doing Ballestics for two years, twice a week. When she first started she had shoulder and neck pain which restricted movement in one of her arms, and she took pills every day for osteoporosis, two years later and not only does she no longer have any pain and complete freedom of movement in her shoulder but her doctor has down-graded her from osteoporosis to osteopenia and she no longer takes bone density tablets.
And this is just one of my many clients that has seen and felt real benefits from trying this explosive ballet workout. One class, offering cardio and strength training, that’s full of dance and completely fun, the only question is, why haven’t you tried it yet?!?