Salsa & Bachata dancing (and dancing in general) requires a strong center or “core” to keep your body in correct alignment while dancing. Salsa & Bachata dancing itself can be an effective abdominal workout when you use proper body mechanics. Take time to step things up by adding core workouts to your regimen will significantly improve your overall dance technique and balance and give you amazing abs in the process. Your core consists of your abdominals, back, pelvic girdle, and hip muscles. Training your core in its entirety will correct many of the imbalances dancers struggle with. My suggestion is to choose a workout that engages your entire core. I like my workouts engage everything while placing emphasis on the abdominals. Below are three exercises that have given me fantastic results.
EXERCISE #2 Other fantastic exercise is the paddler which completely engages your obliques (the muscles that form your waistline) and strengthens the sides of your stomach. This is perfect training for Latin Dancing with all of the twisting and turning dance moves we encounter. Here’s how to do it: Begin this exercise sitting upright on your buttocks, with your feet flat on the floor and knees up toward the ceiling. Hold a towel or resistance band with both hands and gently lean back until you feel your abdominals tighten, with no stress in your back. Keep your back straight — do not curve your spin in or arch your back. Holding this position, paddle your hands to your left hip, back to center, then to your right hip. Repeat this movement for 5 sets of 20 until your competed 100.
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