In our ideal world, every dance studio would have their own "conditioning room" and conditioning classes would be mandatory for all dancers. It is unrealistic to expect all studios to undergo renovations to build a space specifically for conditioning. Here are a few items that a studio can provide to assist in the conditioning for their dancers:
Therabands – Therabands come in a number of colours depending on their resistance level. These large elastic bands are usually used to train and strengthen a dancer’s ankle and foot muscles, however, they can also be used to strengthen many other muscle groups.
Wobble board – Wobble boards are great proprioceptive tools for rehabilitating lower limb joint injuries, particularly ankle injuries.
TRX Suspension kit – Strength training can have many benefits for a dancer, and you don’t necessarily need free weights or weight machines to get those benefits. The TRX is a great tool to use one’s own body weight as a way to strength train.
Free Weights – The great advantage to using free weights to strength train is the necessity to engage core and postural stabilizers while working a specific muscle group. It give more “real-world” application to the training exercise.
While yes, it would be nice if every studio could afford to offer all of the above listed items, the reality is, the funds are often not available. This doesn’t change the importance of training a dancer’s body outside the class technique. If it isn’t feasible to condition the dancers in the studio, then encourage dancers to condition their bodies outside the studio. Increase their cardio-respiratory capacity, increase their muscular strength. As long as they are conditioning in a safe manner they will see the benefits both inside and outside the studio
CarliAnn & Ella