Now that it’s a New Year many people love to switch up or start a workout routine. I want to just preface this by saying I’m no fitness expert but I have found a workout routine that works for me. I teach dance classes so much of my workout routine is built for a dancer but anyone can do this routine to build muscle, strength, and flexibility. I also want to add that I don’t work out to lose weight; I work out to gain muscle and be healthier. I have Crohn’s disease which causes me to be thinner.
Here’s a look at my typical workout routine! I’m also linking details of my workout outfit below.
Leggings (old from Athleta) very similar here
Some other faves…
Start in center with calf raises in first position (heels together, toes apart) and start slow! I start out with about 20-30 just to get my legs a little warm.
Next I do arms with low weight, high reps. Don’t let these 1 lb weights fool you! They are very effective. This will give your arms a toned look if done multiple times per week. I do various arm exercises that will work your biceps, triceps, and especially your shoulders. I love working my shoulders because this is especially important for ballet. This exercise takes about 10-15 minutes. (If you are more advanced try doing this with 3 or 5 lb weights.)
*Burst of cardio for about 3-5 minutes*
My go to leg workout is at the barre (you can use a chair if you don’t have one) with one hand on the barre I rise up on high half toe with heels together and pulse with alternating pushing knees out. Another one I like to do is in center in a wide second in a squat position I’ll lift the right heel off the floor and pulse. Here is the sequence:
Right: 8, Left 8 (3 sets)
Right: 4, Left 4 (3 sets)
Right: 2, Left 2 (3 sets)
Right: 1, Left 1 (4 sets)
Then hold squat for 30 seconds
I start off in a plank and hold for 30 second intervals (I usually do about 3-4 sets) Then I go into a C-curve and hold with weights for about 1 minute then pulse. Next is crunches. I do about 40-50. Then Bicycles- 30. Depending on how much time I have I repeat some of the exercises.
I can probably talk about stretching over a few blog posts so I don’t want this to get too long so I’m thinking of doing a separate post on this if anyone is interested!
If you have any questions let me know in the comments below or on Instagram!