5 reasons you should stay away from ballerinas’ fitness advice

5 reasons you should stay away from ballerinas’ fitness advice

Do you want to look like a professional ballerina? Lean, feminine, toned, light, ballerinas are simply delightful. Can we achieve their look by following their advice?

I watched an interview with a celebrity Ukrainian ballerina yesterday. She was asked, “How do you maintain such a great shape?”

Indeed, her figure is an utter perfection, so the question was sound. Her expanded and confident answer made me want to bang my head against the wall. She came across as an expert, but those who take her words to the heart will endanger their mental and physical health. I have to admit that Western ballerinas sound way saner, nevertheless, you better stay away from their “expertise” in exercise and nutrition. And here is why.

 

  • They do not have qualifications to give any sort of nutrition and exercise advice, nevertheless, they will talk confidently and even inspirationally. The fact that someone looks good does not mean that this is due to her knowledge. Sometimes it is simply a lucky chance. Qualifications are not just a piece of paper with a stamp. When it comes to health and fitness, only listen to heavily qualified professionals (Although qualifications may not guarantee brains and ethics)
  • They move a lot. They burn a hell of a lot of calories everyday dancing from morning till night. If you sit in front of the computer all day long, your daily calorie burn will be far smaller, so you cannot afford to eat as much.
  • Their motivation is better than yours. Their career depends on how they look. Their diet is a matter of life and death. If you are a chief accountant… your colleagues and clients love you for your ACCA qualification, quantitative skills, and meeting deadlines. Maybe you even bring homemade cookies to the office from time to time.
  • Most probably they used to be lean in adolescence as they were physically active. And otherwise, they would not advance far in their career. Our body fat set point is determined in adolescence. If you were chubby then it is harder for you to become lean grown up, so you have to use all the knowledge in the World to make fat loss easier for you.
  • The tone and shape of their muscles are years and hours of everyday hard work: body conditioning, core work, lots of plyometrics, isometric holds, explosive movements, aerobic and anaerobic work – generally ballerinas are extremely strong and muscular even though they do not do traditional weight lifting in the gym. You cannot afford the same volume of training with your office and family commitments and you shouldn’t. You can achieve great results training smart 3 times a week, but of course, your type of training will be very different.

PS. This applies to taking advice from any good looking celebrity like Gwyneth Paltrow or Victoria Beckham. This does not apply to ex-ballerinas requalified into fitness professionals.

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Olga
Fat loss expert, elite group fitness instructor and personal trainer based in Sheffield.

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