Time to Pick Up the Pace!

So, I am paid and registered for my 5 week ballet class with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet! I have my bodysuits, tights, and shoes ready to go. So, what do I need to do? Get in ballet shape.

This is proving harder than I thought, and unfortunately, I think I’m going to have to cut my running down to one run a week. It is incredibly difficult to work on my turnout, as those specific muscles are being used differently for running. It is a little disappointing, but I will just have to be creative with my cardio! I have returned to doing this video:

I’ve yet to be able to finish it while maintaining ballet technique. I am trying to make sure I roll through my foot and thoughtfully point it every single time I lift it. I am trying to maintain my turnout throughout. I am trying to make sure that my back muscles are supporting my arms in every single position. Trying to do all of these things while continuously staying in the fat burning heart rate zone is proving challenging. My goal is to do this 3-4 times a week for the next two weeks. Hopefully by that point, I will be able to complete this with technique.

My two main priorities are foot/ankle strength, and turnout. Every morning, I plan on completing this combination:
1.8 demi-pliés in first position.
2. 8 demi-pliés in second position.
3. 8 rises in parallel.
4. 8 rises in first.
5. 8 demi-pliés in second position.
6. 8 demi-pliés in first position.

In the evening, I will complete this longer sequence:
1.8 demi-pliés in first position.
2. 8 demi-pliés in second position.
3. 8 rises in parallel.
4. 8 rises in first position.
5. 8 tendus devant with the right foot closing in first position.
6. 8 tendus devant with the left foot closing in first position.
7. 8 rises in first position.
8. 8 demi-pliés in second position.
9. 8 demi-pliés in first position.
10. Straddle split stretch, holding for a minimum of two minutes*.
11. Hamstring and hip flexor stretches (pigeon pose).
12. Frog stretch, holding for a minimum of two minutes*.
*Increase by 20-30 seconds per day.

I’m going to re-evaluate to see how I am feeling on June 1, and go from there. The fact that I am already enrolled in and have purchased items for the class is really helping motivate me. I will not be backing out, and while I know that a 90 minute advanced ballet class is going to be a terrifically hard slog, I will be better for it.

What is your motivation for improving yourself?

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

 

2 thoughts on “Time to Pick Up the Pace!

  1. howtobejillian May 15, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    I don’t even understand what you just said, but it’s very impressive. You are going to do so great!

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