DreadPirateRoberts Posted March 2, 2004 Report Share Posted March 2, 2004 (edited) Hi Everyone -- I'm new here, and so here's a quick hello: I'm a guy who instead of having a REAL midlife crisis with a German sports car decided to sign up for ballet at the hands of some demanding Russians with a barre. I'm in my early 40's and have been taking classes for 3 years now; most usually 3 times a week. I love taking adult classes, but in the absence of those I've also taken beginner classes in a room full of 10 year old girls... talk about humbling...well, that and the aches and pains have done it! But I'm hooked -- I want to dance as long as my body will let me Anyway, I am writing not only to say hello, but also because I have a question. My goals for classes are not only to have fun, but to improve in as many areas as I can. I have on 2 or 3 occasions been asked to help out in partnering classes, and would like to work on this more, but I need to increase my upper body strength. I'm ok for the first few lifts, but my arms and upper body are trembling after a few minutes. Plus, in addition to endurance, I'd like to increase the amount of weight I can lift. So, I started working out with free weights, but I want to make sure that my workouts are designed "for ballet" -- if there are such regimes. I've lifted weights before, and I have read books or worked with trainers that taught me the basics, but I thought I'd ask the dance community (and especially the adult/beginner guys out there) what you do (if anything) special for your upper body strength? Are there any exercises that should be avoided, or increased for ballet? Or is Ahnold's "verkout book" fine for ballet dancers too? Thanks in advance for any advice! From what I've read so far, this looks like a really neat group! Edited March 2, 2004 by DreadPirateRoberts Quote Link to comment
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