How to train like a professional ballet dancer _ 9coach

Because “the best training for ballet is more ballet”, Martino and his fellow dancers spend all day rehearsing in a ballet studio before hitting the stage to perform in the evenings.

Even before their classes officially start at around 10:30 or 11am, the Australian Ballet’s dancers are usually already at the studio warming up or doing Pilates or receiving treatment for any niggles plaguing them.

Classes and rehearsals run through to the early evening, with a handful of breaks tossed in, and on days the dancers are performing they’ll be onstage around 7:30pm and won’t wrap up until 10:30.

While some dancers add extra cardio training into their schedules, Martino doesn’t — his rehearsals and stage performances are akin to high-intensity interval workouts that keep him in fighting (or rather, dancing) shape.


“If you’re a male dancer doing a variation [solo dance], there’s a long pas de deux [dance duet] that feeds into the variation, which goes for a minute or a minute and a half. Nada yoga school rishikesh So it’s lots of short bursts of energy — you can get on top of [your fitness] that way rather than adding in cardio at the gym.”

However, it is common for dancers to put in hours at the gym strengthening their bodies: not necessarily for the #gains, but to ward off injuries which could knock them off stage for weeks or more.

“A lot of the gym work I do is based around injury prevention, stabilising my shoulder joints and hip joints,” says Martino, adding that most injuries are caused by the literal impact of ballet on the dancers’ bodies.

“We’re very lucky with our medical team,” says Martino. Open doors yoga canton “Our head physiotherapist is Sue Mayes, and there are two other physios who work for her, and a body conditioning specialist, and a rehabilitation specialist.”

Martino explains that the “wonderful” body conditioning specialist, Paula Baird Colt, tailors Pilates and strengthening workout plans that are highly specific to ballet, with “a little repertoire of exercises” to lessen the strain the dancers put on themselves every day.

At 23, Martino is now in his fourth year in the Australian Ballet and has been dancing since he was 10 (he followed his older sister to her lessons and then joined in — the “typical cliché story” for a male ballet dancer, he says). Haute yoga solana beach In that time he’s become highly tuned to signs of potential injuries.

“If something feels uncomfortable or not like normal we’re encouraged to get it checked out as soon as possible,” he says. 8 best yoga poses for weight loss “Better to be safe than sorry.”

Where ballet dancers do differ from elite athletes is diet: athletes often account for every last calorie, but Martino says he isn’t prescribed any strict eating plan. Yoga poses for back and neck pain He and his fellow dancers figure they exert enough energy during the day in the studio or onstage that they don’t need to be “hyperaware” of how many calories or carbohydrates they’re consuming.

“We think about it as: get enough food to keep you switched on and energised through rehearsal and performance,” he says. Sangha yoga kalamazoo “If you’re keeping your body fuelled, that’s good enough.”

Martino’s diet is “pretty healthy” and on a typical day he might have granola, eggs and steamed vegetables for breakfast, and salmon and brown rice with veggies for lunch (though he does confess that, on the morning he spoke to Coach, he enjoyed a bacon and egg roll for brekkie).

The most challenging part is finding time to eat in between the hectic class, rehearsal and performance schedule — “you’ve got to fit in eating when and where you can,” Martino says.

“Most of the time after a show on the weekend [in Sydney] we’ll stop at Opera Bar [next to the Sydney Opera House],” he says. Yoga breathing exercises youtube “It’s a nice way to wind down after a long week. Hot yoga everyday for a month But we don’t really go that crazy because we’re always too exhausted!”

If all that is tempting you to sign up for an adult ballet class — or if you’ve always thought about attending one but are yet to slide into your leotard — Martino believes you should go for it.

“I would encourage everyone to give it a try… not only because it’s a great conditioning tool but also because it’s a lot of fun! It’s physical with an artistic element — it’s the best of both worlds.”

And even if you believe you have the coordination and grace of an old deckchair tumbling off a balcony, don’t let that stop you from attempting ballet.

Visit the Australian Ballet’s website to explore their 2017 season and to check out their health and fitness options, including adult ballet classes, Broadway dance, yoga and Pilates.

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