Thank you, everybody.
Healthy diet, more cardio, more strength training for your legs/thighs. You can’t only lose fat on your thighs.
Have you ever tried one? What did you think of it?
It’s this. And it’s really difficult, but great for the abs.
It totally depends on you and your body. Extra weight isn’t going to keep you off pointe, though too much can make it more difficult. I’d suggest talking to your ballet teacher about your goal to go en pointe. They should be able to work with you to strengthen your ankles and legs and help you shape up your technique so you’re ready for pointe.
Also, don’t worry too much about how long you’ve done ballet. I started pointe after taking ballet for a year. My teacher invited me to her class because she knew that I was ready for it.
For today? So far, yeah. It’s only 9:08am here! :)
75135 jumping jacks done.
- 6 reps with the ab wheel (kneeling)
- Stomach series done.
- Half a quart of water so far.
- Skinny Cow chocolate crisp bar
- Light Silk Chocolate soy milk
- 100-cal can of pears
- broccoli cheddar pasta dish
- lots of water
- 3 frosted sugar cookies
- a mini original Babybell
Yes, you will end up leaning forward. Just work to stay upright, as that intent will keep you from just flopping forward.
And I’m thinking about expanding into making videos, which would let me show and describe ballet moves easier. It’s just a question of if I want to keep this blog anonymous or not.
- Jumping jacks. Easy enough, right?
- Lunges. Normal lunges to the front. Simply step out in front of you, landing and bending the front knee (back knee will bend too, but focus on the front) to lower yourself down, then extend the front leg to push yourself back to the beginning. To add dumbbells, simply hold one in each hand.
- Squats. Often described as “sitting in an invisible chair,” you bend at the knees and hips to stick the butt back, while trying to keep the torso as upright as possible. To add dumbbells, you can hold one in each hand, hold one in the crease of your elbows, or cup one like a goblet in front of you.
- Plie squats. Like normal squats, but with the feet turned out a bit and about a foot apart. Here, you want to keep the torso upright and keep the butt in line with you rather than sticking it out. This will work the inner thighs.
- Side lunges. Same as lunges, but to the side. The leg that doesn’t move will stay straight.
- Glute kickbacks. Start on your hands and knees, in a tabletop position. Raise one leg out, keeping it bent at 90 degrees, until the thigh is parallel with the floor and in line with your back. The shin should be pointing up. To add dumbbells, hold a light dumbbell in the fold of your knee.
- Short bridges. Like a shoulder stand in Pilates or bridge formation pose in yoga. Begin on your back with you knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Raise the tailbone and butt off the floor, keeping the weight equal in your feet and shoulders. Do not let the knees splay open.
- Side leg circles. Lay on your side, with legs extended and head either propped up or on the floor. (This can also be done on your hand and bent knee.) Extend the top leg and circle it in small circles, keeping the hips still.