Monday, August 29, 2011

How To Get Stronger Feet



As a ballerina, you obviously need strong feet. After all, they carry all your weight and are one of the main points of balance for any dancer. But how do you get strong feet in the first place?

Well, first of all, start of doing foot workouts every day. No matter where you are, as long as you have feet, you can do them. Stand on the balls of your feet and roll up and down working through your feet.
Do this fifty times on each foot. After 2 - 3 weeks you will notice a difference in the strength of your feet.
You should do leg lifts every day, too. This will add to the strength of your feet.

Another way to strengthen your feet is to actually get into those pointe shoes and so some work! A great exercise is to rest en pointe one leg at a time. Hold that position for a couple of minutes, and then repeat on the other foot. Do this three times every second day.

I know you will hate me for saying this, but you really need to do LOTS of releves to get/maintain strong feet. And when I say lots, I mean LOTS! Like, twenty in each position, including parallel.
So that's 120 a day!
You can do these en pointe or on demi pointe. It doesn't really matter.

One last tip I have for you is to do ankle circles. Do 20 clockwise, and 20 anti-clockwise on each foot every day.

If you are looking for stronger feet, I suggest you do these exercises. Try them for just three week and trust me, they'll make a BIG difference for you!

17 comments:

Bri said...

thanks for those tips, izi! :) is that photo of you??? :/

Elizabeth said...

Good tips I definitely agree with that releves are a big help. therabands are also great for strengthening feet.

Izi said...

Hi Bri,

Hey, I didn't know you were a ballerina? Anyways, that's OK. I hope you'll get stronger feet because of it and that it'll help your pointe.

No, that picture isn't of MY feet. Honestly, I couldn't be bothered to take a picture of my own feet. It would mean putting my pointes on and doing up the ribbons and getting somebody else to take the pic.

I think I'm going to put a video of my pointe work on soon, though.

Izi :)

Izi said...

Hey Elizabeth,

Yeah, I must say, they certainly work. And WOW, I totally forgot aobut the therabands. I totally should have put it on - great idea. Thanks!

Izi :)

Juliette said...

Awesome post Izi!!!!! Have a sweet day/night!!!!!

Izi said...

ha ha, thank you so much Juliette. You have a great day/night/life (ha) too!

Izi :)

Heidi-Mari said...

Hi Izi
Thanks for the advise!! I will try it!
I'm busy getting a posting ready about my pointe! So keep checking my blog!
It's been a lot of fun!
Have a blessed rest of your week
Heidi-Mari

Izi said...

Hi Heidi-Mari,

No probs! I am glad that I can help you. I'm heading over to your blog right now, in fact!

Izi :)

Heidi-Mari said...

Hi Izi
Left you a reply on my blog!
Go have a look!
Heidi :-)

Izi said...

Hello Heidi,

Thanks for notifying me of that! I'll go and check it out right away.

Izi :)

Heidi-Mari said...

Hey Izi
Me again!!
Please will you hop over to my blog: http://heidiscrafts.blogspot.com/2011/09/another-blog-award-one-lovely-blog.html
I have a blog award there for you!!
Have a great day
Heidi

ballet news said...

great tips and very well written !

Izi said...

Hi again, Heidi,

WOW, Thank You so much! You are awesome!

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

Izi :)

Izi said...

Hey Ballet News,

Yah, I'm glad that you like my post! Thanks! I'm going over to your blog now to check it out, I haven't heard of it before! Sorry, but I won't be able to become a follower because my Google Account is playing up. I'll still 'follow,' it though!

Izi :)

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