PopSugar’s A Look at What A Ballerina Dancer Eats All Day

Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancer, Lauren Fadeley, recently sat down with PopSugar to discuss her secrets for staying light on her feet and energized all day during dance rehearsals and performances

Posted by Adult Ballerina Project on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

My Current at Home Exercise List

Pilates classes help keep European military communities fit - FMWRC - US Army - 100924I’ve been trying to do better at doing my physical therapy-esque exercises to improve my strength. I wanted to share my current list of exercises so that I could get recommendations on what everyone else does for cross-training for ballet.  More than anything, I  was hoping that having it up publicly would help motivate myself to do them everyday!

Here’s my list:

10 First Position Calf Raises
10 Inverted First Position Calf Raises
10 Single Leg Calf Raises (each, 20 Total)
20 Clamshells (each side, 40 Total)
20 Leg Lifts (each side, 30 Total
20 squats
20 ballerina squats
60 second plank
30 second side plank (each side)
40 Bicycle Crunches
20 push-ups
Various Theraband exercises

I’m also looking to incorporate barre3 workouts a few times a week as well since HQ bought me a DVD set awhile back before I got injured.

What exercises do you do for cross-training? Do you have any recommendations for me?

Avoiding Workout Slumps & Working Out at Home

Running and ballet prety much occupies all of the time I dedicate to working out. But given my apparently extreme tendency to become injured, I’ve decided I needed to step up my cross-training and strength training game.

For the time being, I’ve decided to forgo a gym membership since it seems like an unnecessary expense. Although, I have to admit, it’s more getting the motivation to take the subway to get to the gym that’s making me push it off for now.

Instead, I’ve turned to at home workouts, both of my own making and some via Pinterest. My current go-to right now is this “Anywhere Workout” via Fitsugar:

Image via http://www.fitsugar.com/Workout-Poster-Week-24187265

Image via http://www.fitsugar.com/Workout-Poster-Week-24187265

Mostly because it varies the workout throughout the week and it gives me something strict to follow, and seems like a pretty good way to start getting fit again (trust me, after what is pretty much months off, I feel so very out of shape).

What’s your go-to at home workout?

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