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Ballet Exercises – For Building an Agile and Flexible Body

Ballet exercises can be done by anyone who wishes to have a pliant body and a great sense of balance. It is achieved by flexing the muscles but without overdoing it, so as not to injure them.

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Ballet Exercises - Balancing with the Feet

Basic ballet exercises performed by ballerinas are the plie, the battlement tendu, eleve and the rond de jambe. In performing the plie, heels are placed close together, back to back, with the toes facing outward. Ballet exercises are performed with the goal of forming straight and precise lines. Lifting one’s self in the plie position achieves the eleve. One stands on the balls of the feet, thereby strengthening the legs, feet and ankles. Holding onto a bar or any surface helps keep one’s balance and posture. The battlement tendu is carried out by starting in the fifth position while the rond de jambe is like drawing a circle with the foot.

Ballet Body - Flexing the Muscles

Anybody can achieve a ballet body if he or she is willing to work hard at it. It is based on yoga, pilates and dance principles that mix cardio, flexibility and strengthening exercises to sculpt the muscles and come up with a body like a ballerina’s. The exercises involved in a ballet body alternatively tighten and expand muscles for elongated muscle fibers. Most exercises, such as those that involve weight training, achieve bulkier muscles and don’t necessarily lead to a leaner physique while yoga, pilates and dance-inspired exercises use the body’s weight as a source of resistance. Instead of weights and machines, a bar and an exercise mat are needed for this routine.

Ballet Stretches - Warming Up

Doing ballet stretches is a way of warming up before subjecting the body to rigorous workouts or activities. It also enhances performance and prevents the adverse effects of strained muscles. Pliable muscles are more flexible and are not easily damaged. However, stretching should be done properly so as not to injure the muscles. Knowing where the body’s joints and ligaments are, helps one judge where to feel any tension. Soreness goes away after a period of time when that part of the body’s muscle is stretched. This timing varies from person to person and on a daily basis. Damage may have been done to the muscles if one feels soreness for several days.

Written by Troy Nelson

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