Warm-ups

Pia Walker

Message 19431 · 17 Nov 1999 18:17:31 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Hi there

How many of us work on the abodominals at all? not just as dancers.
Why has so many of us bad backs?

Here's a one - stand with your feet apart, legs a little bent and contract
your stomach muscles as if somebody is firing a football into your stomach -
do this a number of times every day - it does not build up a sweat, can be
done without having to change into appropriate clothes and gives you a good
posture and very strong abodominal muscles.

Another: lie on your back, legs bent and apart, push backbone to the floor,
contract stomach muscles and pull the pelvis upwards and hold for a few
seconds.

Please Keith if I am not explaining myself very well, correct me.
What I like about these exercises is that they are quiet, don't need the
right gear, the right video and for me they work.

Pia

>
>Actually, this brings me to another point that has been on my mind. I've
>been getting into Pilates lately (a series of exercises that works the
whole
>body but concentrates on abdominal centre for dancers). How many teachers
>tell their classes HOW to achieve good posture and balance? How many work
>on the abdominal center - to protect the back, to pull the weight up off
the
>feet, to stabilize the balance on tight corners and slippery floors, and to
>give a good centre for turning? I don't work on this all the time, but I
>have found that on the occasions when I have consistently reminded people
of
>it their dancing improves significantly (including freedom of movement,
>partnering, etc.).
>
>regards,
>Norah
>
>--
>Norah Link <xxxxx@xxx.xx>
>
>

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