I am so excited to share with you what I've learned from theatrical, dance, and fitness professionals, and through my own personal experiences!
I am here to provide you with the tools, advice, ideas, and techniques that are necessary for you to train yourself physically and mentally.
We all know that performing can be extremely taxing on your mind as well as your body, and we want you to be able to stay at your peak level of performing for as long as you want to!
Fitness is huge when it comes to theatre and dance, and it often is the last thing that gets discussed.
Do you get good exercise from the choreography, dance, and just performing?
But that also shouldn’t be the most exercise you get, otherwise, you’ll never be able to perform at 100% capacity.
Using a workout routine or regimen that is more intense than the exercise that is in your show, makes that show so much easier to perform because you’re in better shape than what is demanded of your character or role.
Most performers and dancers usually will rely on the exercise they get from practice or the conditioning that they do at the end of class, which is okay, but it’s not actually helping you progress or become better at your craft.
If you want to perform better and feel more confident, you have to take it a step further.
Conditioning and exercise should be specific to what you are trying to accomplish, and that’s where the I come in. I’ve done dance, theater, tumbling, bodybuilding, gymnastics, and cheerleading so I know what works and what doesn’t.
Stretching and conditioning correctly are really the most helpful things you can learn and master to increase your performance, and from my experience, they are the most overlooked and undervalued. I will teach you correct, specific ways to stretch and tumble so you are more limber and powerful. I’ll take you through correct stretching and conditioning techniques so you’ll know what works for you, and how to accomplish your fitness goals.
For instance, I had the incredible opportunity to play Tarzan in Four Seasons Theatre Company’s production. Tarzan not only had to look physically fit, but he also had to be able to run, jump, tumble, and dance, all while singing.
I made sure that my workout regimen was more difficult than what I had to do in the show, so that when I performed I could get lost in my character, without having to worry about my body getting exhausted from my choreography.
You’ve got to out-train your performance
Now, out-training your performance doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in the gym working out, or follow a crazy diet, or use tons of supplements….
All it means is that you utilize the correct and effective workout styles, stretches, and techniques that will make your choreography easier for you. Weights, bodybuilding, powerlifting, physique sculpting, HIIT, yoga fit, and gymnastic training are all wonderful ways to out train your performance.
The workout style that has helped me maintain my strength and endurance, has been the High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). With HIIT you do short bursts of timed exercises, taking very short breaks between each one. It elevates your heart rate, which will burn more calories, and continuously shocks your muscles, so they don’t grow used to the exercises. You get the benefit of cardio, while also targeting muscle groups, effectively killing two birds with one stone! HIIT is also a great way to save time in your workouts, because most HIIT workouts are 30 minutes or less! The only thing that I wouldn’t use HIIT for is physique building. That only comes from using specific exercises and weight routines.
Weight Training. Tons and tons of people think of weight training and immediately visualize Arnold Schwarzenegger flexing enormous biceps, an image that can be pretty intimidating. That isn’t the weight training we’re talking about, that’s intense weights, bodybuilding style, and extreme dieting. Weights are so much more simple, and useful than that, and they are necessary in order to build and sculpt your physique into what you want/need.
So why use weights? Couldn’t we just move our bodies, and use them for our workouts, you know dancing, and pull ups, push ups, sit ups, etc.? You definitely could. But your body is already used to using itself for every activity you do every day. Think about it, your body knows exactly how much it weighs, how much effort it takes to do certain activities, and the most efficient way to move itself. Body weight exercising can only get you so far. Using weights forces the body to use the muscles in new ways, helping the them to grow stronger, leaner, occasionally bigger (depending on the weight program) so they can adjust to the new demands on your body.
“But I don’t want to get huge muscles, or look like Arnold.” -Most People Against Weight Training.
Great! Still hit the weights. Just because you use weights, does not mean that you are going to get huge. Utilizing correct weight training helps you build lean muscle, and with more lean muscle comes a faster metabolism, which means that your body will burn more calories, resulting in a much leaner, healthier, stronger, YOU. You’re not going to get huge like the enormous bodybuilders you see online, or on magazine covers. It’s simply not going to happen from you going to a gym and lifting some weights. That idea is just absurd, so take it and completely forget that it ever had a place in your mind to begin with.
As mentioned above, weight training helps build lean muscles throughout your body. Now this is where things can get really awesome for you. You body has these things called a resting metabolic rate or RMR, and a basal metabolic rate, or BMR. Your RMR is how many calories you burn throughout your day, just being alive (yes your body works out, even if you don’t consciously force it to!) Your BMR is how many calories it would take to keep your body functioning if it was at a total resting state. Having a high BMR and RMR means your body burns more calories when you are resting, and just going about your day, than if you had a low BMR. The more lean muscle that your