10 minute WORKOUT with #BalletMuscle to elongate and define your MUSCLES!
Peter Cirolia brings to the health- fitness profession and ballet world education, experience and enthusiasm rarely seen in a fitness professional and ballet master.
Peter’s experience as a ballet dancer alongside the famed New York City Ballet helped develop an appreciation and intimate understanding of body mechanics, nutrition, and peak achievement techniques which set him apart from his competitors as a fitness training pro. Performing on stage in productions choreographed by the immortal George Balanchine and studying under world renowned dancers like Mikhail Barishnakov, Peter Boal, Jack Soto and Elliot Feld has helped Peter to not only “study”, but personally master techniques for performing at peak levels. It is from this foundation that Peter shares information and innovations of unmatched quality and ability to transform.
Peter is a licensed personal trainer and health consultant through the International Sports Sciences Association and founder/ owner of Ballet Muscle a highly successful health-fitness studio and ballet school in Westchester, New York. Peter has partnered with an internist for eight years helping to wean patients off medicine through exercise. He is the intermediary between his clients and their doctors. Through his consulting, teaching and unique individual instruction, Peter Cirolia has helped individuals from all walks of life ranging from beginner to elite athlete achieve their individual health, nutritional and wellness goals. His exclusive instruction and programs are in high demand for providing lasting results through a unique system that is safe, interesting, and fun. Peter owns and operates his own studio. www.balletmuscle.com and also trains clients in NYC. If you would like to book Peter for a corporate event or private training contact his studio.
Ballet Muscle exercises formulated and demonstrated by Peter Cirolia
Exercises can be conducted anywhere, holding onto anything that will help you stabilize yourself. Example a barre, wall, chair, cable machine etc.
Exercise#1 Plie straighten
This is how to conduct: Hold onto barre with your left hand while the right hand is held straight out to the side. Stand with heels together in a duck position and only turn your feet out as far as your hips naturally allow you. Hold your pelvis in a neural pelvic tilt position elongating the hip flexors. Then bend the knees pressing the heals down to floor keeping the thighs aligned over the feet. Then return to straight leg duck position. Do 10 reps, 2 sets
Exercise #2 Plie Releve
This is how to conduct: Hold the barre with the left hand while the right hand is held straight out to the side. Start with the heals touching in the duck position holding a neutral pelvic tilt position. Always keeping the hips and pecs aligned. Then bend your knees pressing the heels down to the floor with your thighs aligned over your feet. This is called a plie position. From this position raise the heels up as high as you can elongating the legs to a straight position. As you do this be sure to squeeze your thighs and keep the heels facing each other the entire time as your thighs are held turned out in opposite directions. Then as you lower down bend your knees and come back to the starting plie position. 10 reps, 2 sets
Exercise #3 Tondu lift
This is how to conduct: Hold the barre with the left hand and the right arm held straight out to the side. Start with the heels together in the duck position holding a neutral pelvic tilt position. Always keeping the pecs and hips aligned straight across when you look in the mirror. Point your right leg and foot in front of you in the center of your body. Hold the left leg completely straight with your body weight over the ball of the left foot. Make sure to keep the right leg externally rotated toward the outside of the body and the foot pointed throughout exercise. Then lift your right leg 45 degrees and lower back down to the floor. Make sure to always lift from underneath your leg ( use the hamstring muscles, never grip with the quadriceps.) Should be like a lever is lifting your leg up. 10 reps Repeat this to the side and back.
When done all three positions with the right leg, turn around and hold on with the right hand and do the left leg in all three positions. 10 reps in each position.
Exercise #4 Tondu lift and turn leg in/out
This is how to conduct exercise: Holding the barre with the left hand and the right arm extended straight out to the side. Start with heals together in the duck position holding your pelvis in a neutral pelvic tilt position. Make sure the Pecs and hips are aligned straight across. Point your right leg and foot in front of you in the center of your body maintaining external rotation. The left leg should be completely straight with your body weight over the ball of the left foot. Then lift the right leg with your foot pointed (using the hamstrings) to a 45 degree level and hold. Then internally rotate your right leg toward the inside of your body and then externally rotate it back toward the outside of your body. 10 reps Repeat to the side and back of you.
When done all three positions with the right leg turn around hold barre with the right hand and repeat with the left leg.