There are many benefits to improving your core strength - better balance and efficient movement patterns which improve overall strength for sports performance as well as injury prevention and rehabilitation of old injuries. When discussing the core, it is important to note that the core is more than just your abdominal muscles. Your core is the trunk of the body - the shoulder girdle to the hip girdle. Training the core to engage as one unit can change the way you feel and perform. Here are four exercises that can be performed in 5 minutes every day to help strengthen your core in 4 weeks. Perform each exercise for one minute.more
We want to thank all the loyal faces we see so often. We are adding these new perks for all our Autodebit customers! Autodebit clients enjoy:
Autodebit is $160 a month for unlimited classes. A 3 month minimum and a 30 day cancellation notice are required.
Want in? Get on autodebit today!more
Summer is almost over and school is starting up. It's time to reset those healthy habits and get back into a good routine. Here are some tried and true tips to help you get back on track!more
Guest blog from Tomas Rivera of Cilantro Lime
Between staying cool and keeping things interesting, cooking in the summer can get more complicated than anyone wants to deal with. With Cilantro Lime, a local meal kit delivery service providing curated meals for the Austin area, you can spend more time enjoying summer and less time worrying about getting stuck in traffic to pick up dinner. Putting a spin on the summer salad is your best bet for a quick snack or fun and entertaining dish! Refreshing, green, and light, our salads are not your average iceberg appetizer. From all over the world, these salads are anything but boring.more
After my second foot surgery I felt pretty blue. I had already been relatively sedentary for the previous 3 months, and just when I was getting back on my feet I started the entire process over again on the other foot. It made me reflect that an injury is not just challenging physically, but can also do a number on your mental psyche as well. Here are a few tips I incorporated to help refuel my tank that put a smile back on my face and positive outlook on my recovery process.more
If you’re reading this, you are on some kind of device- a phone, a computer, an iPad, a tablet… or some other newfangled thing that I haven’t heard of yet. And, as someone who uses technology to spread my message and build my business, I am grateful you are powered up and/or plugged in and chose to read my article. So, thank you.
But, at the same time, I am worried about you. I’m worried about all of us, really. With all of the time we spend clicking, surfing, commenting, “liking” and posting are we missing out on living our best lives? Are we letting text messages, Facebook notifications and Candy Crush be the boss of us? I know that there have been times when my iPhone has absolutely been the boss of me- dictating my mood and where I put my attention. Does this sound a little too familiar?
While it may not be realistic for most of us to live completely off of the grid, I believe it is important (and possible) to practice moderation when it comes to technology. We need to be the boss of our gadgets, not at the mercy of...more
When you get letters like this, it validates all the hard work that is put into owning a small business. This is why we love our jobs and adore our clients and community that has been built over the years at Dancers Shape! Thank you Amanda (and all the others) for your kind words.- Jennifermore
I have written blogs about this topic in the past - how proud I am of my staff and what effort it requires to find the right fit. My instructors and front desk staff are intelligent, sincere, hard working and I consider them a part of my family. I am excited to announce some familiar faces that will be returning to Dancers Shape! Please welcome back Toussaint, Lisa and Alison.more
Over the years, we’ve had many brides-to-be come to Dancers Shape looking for a way to get in shape and look amazing in their wedding dress. We asked one of our most recent brides, Tyler, to reflect on her experience getting ready for her big day. Here’s what she had to say:more
Life gets busy and we don't always have as much time as we'd like to make time to exercise. Some days you have busy mornings and evenings too! But don't worry we have some quick ideas that will help you squeeze a little workout in on your lunch break! Even a little bit of exercise will help break up your day, release endorphins and make you feel better.more
As most of you know I have some pretty severe bunions from my professional dancing days. Some of you may have seen me stuff my tennis shoes with toe garb before Groove. Or perhaps you have witnessed me in one of our cardio classes not being able to jump throughout the entire hour. Well I have finally had enough of this foot pain standing in my way of my favorite thing in the world (movement and exercise) and decided to have bunion surgery. This is how I prepped:more
Bikini season is almost here so we went to a professional for some tips! Kandice Pelletier was a Radio City Rockette with Jennifer & went on to become Miss New York! She's also got her own pageant swimsuit line- Kandice Pelletier Swimwear. We asked her to share some of her favorite bikini tips with us!more
In a rut with the same classes? Variety keeps things fun, fresh, and will help you avoid hitting a plateau in your workout routine. Did you know that Dancers Shape offers 13 different classes?! We have gathered some of our clients to tell you their favorite aspects of each of these classes and why they love them. Read what they have to say and let them help inspire you to try something new!more
When diving into extreme sports such as marathons, triathlons and crossfit competitions, there always needs to be a cross training plan in place to help prevent injuries - before, during, and after the event. The goal is to create an efficient body so that biomechanics move smoothly and in turn, the body is able to support the optimal shock absorption position which is a neutral pelvis and spine. With the Austin Marathon right around the corner (February 14!) and many extreme sports competitions coming this spring, I’m offering my tips to stay healthy and injury free during the training process.
For marathon running, focus on strengthening the core (shoulder girdle to hip girdle), hips, and knees for best results.more
‘Tis the season for holiday parties, family gatherings and work functions. With a packed social calendar, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. No need to let the stress of the holiday season leave you looking drab and run down. Try these quick and easy, no hassle, hairstyles brought to you by the DS team. No matter what the occasion, you’ll be able to celebrate in style with these fun and festive holiday hair-dos!more