New ballet-inspired workouts keeps fitness buffs on their twinkly toes

Posted: April 9, 2014 by kirisyko in Fitness and Training, SykOtic
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Former ballerina Rachel Piskin demonstrates her Bungee Ballet fitness programme at her gym ChaiseFitness, based in New York, US. - ChaiseFitness

Former ballerina Rachel Piskin demonstrates her Bungee Ballet fitness programme at her gym ChaiseFitness, based in New York, US. – ChaiseFitness

Inspired by the rigorous training that ballerinas have to endure, a new wave of ballet fusion fitness programmes is keeping practitioners on their toes. 

Have you ever wished you had a ballerina’s body – with those long, lean lines and gentle, graceful curves? Top professional dancers start at a very young age and spend countless hours training, working and stretching their muscles so they remain supple yet strong – and not bulk up like bodybuilders do.

But while not everyone has the luxury nor talent to become a world-class ballerina, the training that ballerinas have to undergo has benefits for anyone looking to have a more limber and toned physique.

Bungee Ballet

 

Bungee Ballet, created by former New York City Ballet dancer Rachel Piskin and her Pilates-trainer mum Lauren, is a group class at ChaiseFitness studio in New York City that puts a fitness spin on ballet moves. The classes, often paired with Pilates, aim to channel the inner ballerina, even in non-dancers.

 

Rachel and Lauren Piskin, the daughter and mother team who founded ChaiseFitness, have been developing their own brand of ballet-meets-Pilates using a newly designed Pilates chair and bungee straps to emulate the barre.

 

Instead of the traditional ballet barre, the 45-minute class relies on an overhead bungee system that Piskin said sculpts the arms and challenges the core of her mostly female clientele.

 

“By holding on to the bungees, you can hold second position or first position,” she said. “Coming from my background, it was important for me to really stay true to traditional ballet moves.”

 

In both of these basic positions of ballet, the feet are aligned heel to heel, touching in first position, then spaced approximately 30cm apart in the second position.

 

Piskin said the class sculpts the upper body, challenges the core, and works the upper thighs. A series of bungee-assisted petit allegros, or small ballet jumps, keeps the heart rate up.

 

“The class moves fluidly between one exercise and another and the bungees assist you to jump higher,” she said.

see more:http://www.thestar.com.my/Lifestyle/Health/2014/04/09/New-ballet-inspired-workouts-keeps-fitness-buffs-on-their-twinkly-toes/

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