5 Great Ways for Dancers to Cross-Train

Biking develops strength in the quadriceps and glutes. Working at a lower resistance will enable dancers to avoid building bulky muscles.

An elliptical gives you an intense cardio workout without the impact on your joints. Adjustments to the incline and resistance can add variety to the workout.

Pilates stabilizes the core and targets specific muscle groups for increased strength and flexibility.

Swimming’s gravity-free environment allows you to build strength and endurance without putting pressure on the joints.

Yoga helps elongate muscles while strengthening them, and can be especially helpful for developing stability in the muscles of the feet.

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