Ballet dancers have lean, muscular bodies for a reason — they work hard. Really hard. Just take a look at American Ballet Theatre dancer Misty Copeland. But regardless of whether you've been dancing all your life or have always wished you had that poise and grace, you can achieve the same toned physique.
Meet Julie Schechter, the creator of fitBallet, a workout that combines the strength and elongation of ballet with high-energy circuit training. She knows a thing or two about how to maximize a short period of time to see amazing results. With full-body movements featuring everything from pliés to pushups on the lineup, it's easy to leave one of her classes feeling not only strong, but incredibly inspired.
"Much of the current conversation about female fitness focuses on image, not achievement. The industry asks 'Are you bikini ready?' versus "What can you do?'" says Schechter. "In addition, lots of available boutique workouts — from cycling and yoga to barre — all miss crucial elements: flexibility, cardiovascular work, or weight training. fitBallet is an all-in-one method: a high-intensity circuit workout incorporating weights, cardio drills, and elongation exercises. It's practiced in an environment that emphasizes empowerment and community, rather than physical beauty... although, to tell the truth, that's often the natural byproduct!"
We told you about the whole inspired part. Because classes are only offered in New York City and Santa Monica at the moment, Julie taught us a handful of moves that will work every part of your body right in the comfort of your own living room. And if you're not on either coast and fall in love with the workout, don't worry — she offers a $10 eBook featuring beginner to advanced workouts, as well as online personal training.