A full body workout!
Just finished my workout! Top two photos: gym yesterday, bottom two: running this morning!
I’m exhausted, but I feel sooo good!;-) time for some freshly squeezed lemon water now
A calf raise is a super easy body weight calf exercise. You start standing normally, then press through the balls of your feet to rise up onto your toes. You can also do this while holding extra weight or as a “rocking” raise where you stand on the edge of a step and first sink your heels down.
Here’s a quick series to help pointe hopefuls gain the necessary strength in their ankles and calves.
Yes! I have cardio workouts and interval workouts, both of which will work as cardio, and some of them mix in some strength-training as well.
But cardio is easy to fit into your schedule, even without a gym or a run. Go power-walking with a friend. Play ultimate frisbee in the park. Take a dance class. Try a Zumba DVD. There are so many options!
Your weights should be heavy enough that you’re tired after 8-10 reps, but not so heavy that you have to sacrifice form. The best weight is going to be different for everyone, though I like 5-8lb dumbbells for beginners, then moving to 10lbs, 15lbs, and up as your muscles get stronger.
An arm workout that’s a bit harder! Make sure you use something sturdy, like a solid coffee table, for the inverted rows, and press your heels to the ground while in downward dog for a good stretch.
Upper Back Lifts
- Lay your belly on the ball, spread your legs wide, and plant your toes on the floor.
- Bend your elbows and gently touch your fingertips to the back of your head. Keep your arms strong and resist the urge to rest your hands on your head.
- Take a breath in and, as you exhale, raise your upper torso as much as you can, so your chest comes off the ball. Inhale to slowly lower your torso back to the starting position. Keeping your movements slow allows you to work your abs.
- This counts as one rep. Complete three sets of 12 to 15 reps.
Suhaila Belly Dance Fitness Fusion Jazz DVD
length:34 minute workout
Skill level: Beginner (I’d say advanced beginner-intermediate)
workout level: 5/10 (drills had my legs burning)
sweaty-ness level: 2/10
Dance Skills: 10/10 (highly recommend!)
special features: yes, 3 performances from the company and Suhaila
would I buy again? YES
thoughts: Although sometimes I get frustrated with Suhaila on this DVD, it’s only because she looks so damn happy the whole time, and me, I’m like:
yah, lets just say I’m not as cute.
But nonetheless, this DVD is great for Bellydancers! Especially for those who have been taking bellydance classes for some time and want to expand your dance vocabulary to include some classical western dance.
on the other hand it would also be a good choice for a ballet/modern/jazz dancer who wants to check out bellydance, because the language of the DVD will be familiar.
This is a fitness DVD, but not too strenuous of a workout. I did sweat for the last 10 minutes of the workout, but not before that. Although this DVD says it is for beginners, I feel the level of technique would be frustrating for most true beginners. Therefore I would recommend it to all bellydancers who have a bit of training under the hip scarf ;)