When you consider a ballerina body, you may picture a petite, slender physique. But many dancers have rejected that rigid concept of what a ballerina is supposed to look like-and instead, they’ve led a shift towards embracing an assorted range of athletic ballerina bodies. One woman who’s played a major role for the reason that movement is none other than Misty Copeland, the long-lasting principle dancer in the American Ballet Theater.
“We are real women and ballerinas, muscular, feminine but additionally strong, lithe but additionally curvaceous,” Copeland writes in her own new book, Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and much more Graceful You ($30, amazon.com). But Copeland doesn’t pretend she always felt so confident in her skin. “None from it was easy. Not my climb in the ballet world, not my arrival in a place of personal contentment and peace, not my journey to the body I stand in.”
Her book is her method of helping other women get to the same state of body confidence that she now exudes around the world. “I dream of sharing what I’ve learned-of showing women everywhere how to reach their body goals and achieve the things they see as their best selves,” she says.
For Copeland, which has meant prioritizing exercise, being an integral and positive component of her day. “Working out, so necessary to our physical and mental well-being, can and really should be woven through every part in our lives,” Copeland says.
Below are four exercises that she incorporates in her own cross-training routine, to assist maintain her ideal ballerina body-“one that’s lean but sinewy, with muscles which are long, sculpted, and toned.” However, you certainly don’t have to be a dancer to reap the benefits of these challenging moves. Try them out to get toned from visit (pointed) toe.