Exercise of the Day : Dead Bug

Exercise of the Day – DEAD BUG
 
Many people tell me that they are very interested in boosting their core strength. Today I am going to share what could possibly be one of the most important core exercises the majority of people should be doing.
 
It’s one of those exercises that looks like nothing….but if done correctly you should feel an absolute torture! (Maybe not as much in the beginner versions shown on this video…but later.
The importance is that this core exercise works on teaching people how to “brace”, which becomes very important with everything else down the road.
 
Here is a you tube video showing some basic beginner versions.
It is on my list of things to accomplish that I will work towards having my own you tube videos on my YouTube channel KellyKinetics, but until then I search for and try to provide people with links to other professionals that know what they are talking about. 
If you have tried all these and are looking for more or you have further questions, PM me!
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Arising from the ashes!

The last 4 months have been a mass of craziness that is almost unbelievable! But from that, I rise out of the ashes onto bigger and better and greater things. Stay tuned over the next while for a set of blog posts that I am sure will catch your eye, and make you think. endofstorm

Fitness through Dance and Fitness to Support Dance

I have been studying different forms of dance since the age of 5 yrs old. Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Salsa, Hip Hop, Belly Dance and Flamenco. In the latter part of my dance training it has mostly been Belly Dance and Flamenco.

There was a time where I could do it and nothing phased me. Later I ever so slightly felt it draining me a little more than usual. I never really had injuries from dancing.  As I got older I realized running/jogging and dancing was not going to be what would help me to lose weight anymore. I started to train in the gym seriously with a trainer and then became a trainer.

Once I lost 15-20lbs I noticed differences in my dancing.  Not only was i lighter, but I had developed more muscle in my body. As a result, in bellydance, there were moves like undulations for example that I could execute with little effort, where I know I used to have to use more energy to create certain movements. They became more easy and fluid. With Flamenco, I noticed footwork became easier because i was lighter and also it was stronger because of the amount of muscle being put into it.

Now, what I am finding, and it has been brought to my attention by a friend in my flamenco world that dancers from about 35 yrs+ in age may be in need of more than just dance. There are dancers that lack a strong core, or good muscle development to support the impact created through footwork. Some surprisingly do not have a lot of body awareness and so are not aware of how to get the energy out from their core to their extremities to create energy into the arms, and hands. Because of this they can not create a full package. Because of certain muscle imbalances, injuries either related to dance or outside dance develop and then cause a dancer to have to take time off. (For a dancer to spend any time not dancing is never a good feeling!)

My Flamenco Dance Teacher also recognized there may be a need for some type of fitness class offered for flamenco dancers to increase their strength. Whether its a class or one on one training this is a specialized niche that seems to need some help.

Yes dance of any kind can have great fitness benefits, but sometimes the body requires more to support further improvements to advance to higher levels of proficiency. Or if someone wants to continue dancing for recreation, proper strengthening of the body can further allow a dancer to dance well into their later years.

If you are a dancer and are interested in learning more stay tuned. I will share more!

Alternatively, you can also contact me.