Resistance Training Technique For Dancers
Whenever I prepare a new client for beginning an exercise program, I start with an explanation of how important it is to have correct posture and form.
Unfortunately, the majority of exercise enthusiasts maintain the perspective that exercise is as simple as picking up a weight or sitting on a machine and moving it from point A to point B until it generates a good sweat and some soreness the next day. : "No Pain, No Gain" theory. News Flash: Pain means something is wrong, not that you gained!!
Dancers are a unique breed of athlete, requiring strength, speed, endurance and flexibility. The ideal exercise program needs to enhance all of these characteristics without limiting risking injury.
Force does not exactly equal the amount of actual resistance in an exercise. Your joints move in an arched motion and force is typically directed in a straight line. When you match those two together you don't always get a constant resistance and therefore a constantly changing stress.
Each muscle and each joint have a limited range of motion and capacity for stress. Understanding the limits of range of motion, joint limitations, and effective resistance provides the only true method for maximizing physical performance while minimizing the potential for injury.
This is one small part of how physics comes into play when looking to perform different types of exercise safely and effectively. Once you understand where the line of force is coming from, you can choose how to safely challenge your muscles.