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Book of Foot Strengthening Exercises

October 18, 2011

The Perfect Pointe Book , by Lisa Howell, has many excellent foot strengthening exercises. Included with the book are video clips of students who demonstrate the exercises.

As you can guess by the title, it is geared towards dancers who are preparing to go on pointe for the first time. However, the exercises are great for any dancer or athlete. We don’t always think of strengthening the feet, but it is important.

All my younger dancers that are preparing for pointe work or who are already studying pointe do these strengthening exercises. I also incorporate them into my Balletone classes, which is a barefoot workout.

Do you exercise your feet?

Barefoot is Better

September 6, 2011

The other day I watched my husband try on and purchase a pair of Vibram Fivefingers. I thought about getting a pair for myself, but I just couldn’t picture myself wearing those ugly shoes! (Just look at the photo!)

I know how imporFeet wearing Vibrams Fivefingerstant it is to strengthen the muscles of the foot and not rely on shoes for support. That’s one of the reasons why I teach Balletone, a barefoot work out that incorporates cardio, ballet movement, and Pilates and yoga inspired exercises.

The barefoot training helps increase the strength, agility and function of the feet. This in turn provides a solid base of support and improves balnce and stability.

I’m sure that the Fivefingers help do the same thing. But, for now I’ll do the Balletone barefoot work outs and continue to wear more traditional shoes in everyday life.

What do you think about these shoes? Do you wear minimalist shoes like these? If so, what is your experience?

Listen to Your Body

August 29, 2011

I was going to take a Pi Yo class last Thursday, but every muscle and joint in my body ached. I listened and rested instead. Little did I know that I wouldn’t get to work out for many more days.  Irene forced us to change our plans so I didn’t teach on Friday or on Sunday.

I hated not dancing for so many days in a row! However I feel refreshed (although a little stiff). This article that I read last week has some merit:

http://danceadvantage.net/2011/08/18/fatigue-and-injury/

Do you rest your body when fatigued or do you keep pushing?