One of the key components to improving your dance ability is building up flexibility, strength, and stamina through a frequent workout routine. As much as I would love to wake up one day and become an amazing dancer, it doesn’t work that way. It works with hard work and perseverance. That means, setting aside a time multiple times a week to workout. Personally, I prefer working out weekends, as well as the two least-hectic weekdays of the week, whichever those may be. With that in mind, below is my six step workout routine:
Step 1) Warm-up: Light jog around my neighbourhood (5-10mins.)
Step 2) Abs: This step tends to vary the most, but typically I settle on 45 crunches followed by a 60 sec. plank. Together, these exercises strengthen both the core and lower back muscles.
Step 3) Biceps: In terms of biceps, my options were very limited because most exercises require equipment I do not own. In the end, I settled on 30 low-pulley curls. It is very similar to lifting weights, but instead you used a long elastic, or pulley, placed under the arch of your foot while you pull upward. This exercise focuses on your biceps, brachialis and your brachioradialis.
Step 4) Butt: For this, I use the very simple, yet very effective exercise known as squats. Typically I will do a total of 30 squats. unless the music is very motivational and pushes me to continue further. This exercise focuses on your lower body, more specifically you quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes.
Step 5) Cardio: For cardio, I take a 2.5km bike ride on my basement exercise bike (5-10mins.) This exercise increases the strength of your heart and lungs.
Step 6) Flexibility Stretches: To finish off, I like to use a variety of stretches to cool down and work on flexibility. These include, back-bend, cobra pose, butterfly, and splits (or an attempt at the splits).
In conclusion, I prefer to keep my routine short and simple for scheduling purposes and because its an effective and affordable alternative to going to the gym that can be done from the comfort of my own home. Hopefully, this was informative and gave a good insight to my personal routine. Feel free to leave any questions in the comments below.