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Cross training for boys

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I am curious-- how old is your son, and what kind of cross training does he do? When did he start specifically cross training for ballet? Does he do this as part of his ballet training program, or supplemental to it? 

 

My son is 12, he "cross trains" with other recreational sports that he enjoys (soccer, volleyball, a little tennis), and he takes modern and jazz dance each once a week, but so far he hasn't specifically begun to work on core or upper body strength for dance. Assuming a typical progress through the levels at ballet school, he will have another two years before strength training is actually offered to him there. He is definitely aware that this is something he will need to start working on (also I expect he will also need more work on flexibility, which doesn't come easily for him). 

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My son doesn't do any actual "cross-training" in another sport but he started strength training/conditioning when he was 12 when he started full time ballet training.  They didn't have a weight room but they did a lot of push ups, hand stands, planks, etc.  When he went to a company affiliated full time program at 13 he started weight training in the weight room with a conditioning coach as a class that meets twice weekly in addition to mat classes, pilates, and Yamuna.  He also works in the weight room outside of the regularly scheduled classes to increase his strength for pas  - the conditioning coach gave him a circuit to follow.

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No actual cross-training per se, but sports (baseball and track) and PE classes at school, and since about 13-14 he has had a regular daily regimen of stretching, push ups, sit-ups, planks, etc., that he does at night.

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My 16 year old son, lifts light weights with the football team 4x a week. Nothing above his body weight and generally less than 15lbs an arm and does a lot of core exercises. He also does intervals on the track, plus some resistance band workouts. We avoid any weighted squats. He plays club soccer and football for his high school team. His endurance and strength always show compared to other dancers. He has also avoided injury through having a balanced body and variety of motion. 

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BBdad, I am impressed that your son has time to play sports at high school. I don't think that will be available for my son (the two high schools which will accommodate a ballet school schedule don't have sports). We have kept him doing rec sports but I see that he will age out of those leagues soon. 

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And thanks for all the feedback so far! 

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My son does not have a disciplined cross-training regimen this year (at 17); it's catch as catch can.  I'm not suggesting this is ideal, but he's so active already that it doesn't make sense to steal his fun activities from him just so that he can call them "cross-training."  He does pushups, crunches, and planks when he stretches.  He is in regular high school p.e. classes, and he really enjoys this, because he's surprisingly good at things like pickle ball (pickle ball?).  He also hikes the mountain ridge near our house, mountain bikes on long weekends, skis in winter, and plays tennis on occasion.  I would like to see him do more pilates, however, or something that would allow him to work on flexibility outside of ballet class.  I'm hoping that next year, he can make this a regular activity.

 

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Mln, he sounds very well rounded (and a bit like my kid who will choose physical activities anyway for fun). 

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BBdad - I am going to mention what you said about weight training with the football team to my son. He is wanting to do some, but I don't think he ever thought of trying to do it with one of the teams at school. Thanks!

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