Fitness, Dancing-with-the-Stars Style
A top trainer tells you what you can learn from the super-addictive show!
Some people watch Dancing with the Stars for the celebrities. Some people watch to hear Bruno and check out the tans. But let’s face it: Most people (me, too!) watch DWTS to see the half-naked dancers in barely-there ensembles. So what is it about dancing that really helps a person slim down and achieve such a toned physique?
I think I can tell you. Before I became a personal trainer, I was not only a ballet dancer but also a figure skater, which is a form of dancing (as you know if you’ve watched the Olympics!) Both those activities and DWTS-style dancing have some important elements that you can apply to your own fitness routine.
For starters, dancers have to rehearse almost every day of the week, so they have consistency. And dancing is like interval training. The dancers start and stop constantly with little bursts of speed and power. When you dance, your posture is good; you’re bending, extending, twisting, turning (in other words, doing exercises almost without realizing it) and keeping focused on your form and your results. As long as you’re injury-free, dancing has all of the components of a super-effective exercise routine.
Here’s how you can get DWTS results at home or in the gym:
Be consistent. Do your workouts steadily, four to five days a week. Someone once said that ninety percent of success is just showing up, so keep on doing that and you’ll see results.
Focus. Make sure you perform all your exercises as correctly as you can, not as quickly as you can. Exercise as if you’re going to be judged on your movement and posture.