Former ballerina Rachel Piskin demonstrates her Bungee Ballet fitness programme at her gym ChaiseFitness, based in New York, US. - ChaiseFitness
Inspired by the rigorous training that ballerinas have to endure, a new wave of ballet fusion fitness programmes is keeping practitioners on their toes.
Have you ever wished you had a ballerina's body – with those long, lean lines and gentle, graceful curves? Top professional dancers start at a very young age and spend countless hours training, working and stretching their muscles so they remain supple yet strong – and not bulk up like bodybuilders do.
But while not everyone has the luxury nor talent to become a world-class ballerina, the training that ballerinas have to undergo has benefits for anyone looking to have a more limber and toned physique. Here's a quick glance at some of the more exciting ballet-inspired workouts that have recently hit the US fitness scene.
Bungee Ballet, created by former New York City Ballet dancer Rachel Piskin and her Pilates-trainer mum Lauren, is a group class at ChaiseFitness studio in New York City that puts a fitness spin on ballet moves. The classes, often paired with Pilates, aim to channel the inner ballerina, even in non-dancers.