What do you think of when you hear the term ballerina? For most people its a petite, strong, graceful woman dancing in pointe shoes. I was a ballerina for 19 years until injury forced me to retire from the stage. I stayed active, but I eventually lost my “ballet body.” I missed my muscles, my length, and my strength. I tried to keep up with classes, but it was too painful (both physically and emotionally) for me to continue on a recreational basis.
Over time my muscles got soft and my movements became clumsy. I was surprised how quickly it happened. In less than I year I looked like a completely different person, one I didn’t like. I no longer found myself attractive. I had once found immense pride in the body that could balance for a quadruple pirouette, and perform on pointe for the entirety of a ballet. But that was gone. My body began to depress me, and no matter what form of exercise I did – kickboxing, yoga, pilates, running, p90x, weightlifting, etc. – my body didn’t look the same.
Thank God I discovered The Ballet Physique. I literally gasped in joy when I saw their ads for the first time and immediately ordered their 2 disk DVD box set. For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Ballet Physique and other similar programs (Pure Barre is the most widespread), it is a method of exercise that is based in ballet. It uses basic balletic movements in a manner that is straightforward and effective. It was perfect for me because the motions were familiar to my body, but the structure of the program was different enough from that of a typical ballet class that I didn’t feel the emotional pain of walking into a studio and not being able to perform at the level I was used to.
Let me tell you, it is hard work. The movements are simple, and there are modifications for every move that make the workout completely doable, even for beginners, but you will be sweating. It was completely worth it though because in just 2 weeks I began to see results. My posture was better, my movements were more graceful, and my calves were beginning to be defined again.
I’ve had the Ballet Physique for 3 months now, and I love what it’s done for my body and my confidence. I haven’t even been doing the program regularly (blame finals) and I can see my legs looking longer and more toned, my stomach tightening back up, and my arms becoming more defined. The best part of it is that I am getting the same type of muscle development as I had when dancing full time – long, lean, strong, but not bulky or heavy-looking muscles. I feel graceful and elegant again!
I definitely recommend that you try The Ballet Physique or any ballet-based class or DVD if you’re interested in developing that ballerina body. Hey, there’s no downside to looking like this-