Ballet Stomach Strengthening Moves

Ballet dancers must have strong abs for balance and stability.
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Working your stomach muscles flattens and strengthens them. These are two crucial goals for a ballet dancer. Strong core muscles give a ballet dancer the balance, stability and strength required to leap with grace. Whether you are a professional ballet dancer, or want to gain the strong abs of one, performing targeted exercises three to four times per week for at least a month will deliver results.

V-Sits

Step 1

Sit down on the floor with knees bent, your feet flat on the ground.

Step 2

Extend your legs into the air, keeping them as straight as possible.

Step 3

Lift your arms into the air slightly behind you, forming a “V” with your body. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times.

Ballet Crunches

Step 1

Lie on a mat on your back.

Step 2

Bend your knees and point your toes. Place your toes so that they are touching the mat.

Step 3

Lift your upper body off of the mat and extend your arms out to your sides, in second position.

Step 4

Raise your arms up over your head into first position.

Step 5

Lower your body back down to the ground. Repeat 30 times.

Extended Lateral Leg Lifts

Step 1

Stand up holding onto the top of a chair with your right hand.

Step 2

Extend your left leg out to your side as high as you can, ideally parallel with the floor.

Step 3

Lift your left arm into the air.

Step 4

Move your left leg forward and backward eight times.

Step 5

Lower your leg back to the ground. Repeat on the right side.

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