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New York City Ballet Workout Book
     

New York City Ballet Workout Book

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by Peter Martins, Howard Kaplan (With), Paul Kolnik (Photographer), Richard Corman (Photographer)
 

New York City Ballet Workout is a revolutionary fitness program that will help you begin to develop lean abs, firm buttocks, a contoured waist, sculpted legs, slim thighs, strong arms, perfect posture, flexbility you never thought possible—and grace and poice of a dancer. More than three hundred stunning step-by-step and other photographs throughout make this

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New York City Ballet Workout is a revolutionary fitness program that will help you begin to develop lean abs, firm buttocks, a contoured waist, sculpted legs, slim thighs, strong arms, perfect posture, flexbility you never thought possible—and grace and poice of a dancer. More than three hundred stunning step-by-step and other photographs throughout make this the most beautiful and easy-to-use exercise book ever created.This elegant book is unlike any exercise book ever published. Graced with more than 300 instructional exercise photographs and extraordinary duotone portraits of New York City Ballet dancers, The New York City Ballet Workout explores the company's philosophy of balancing art, life, and fitness.

By combining elements of New York City Ballet's balletic regimen with practical strength-building exercises, The New York City Ballet Workout can help people achieve a strong, graceful, and flexible body—one that displays the impeccable poise that is the trademark of New York City Ballet dancers.

Many exercises of The New York City Ballet Workout were once confined to the world's elite rehearsal studios. Now, as refined by Peter Martins and his company, these exercises have been designed as a comprehensive, holistic approach to the body that can be used by anyone from the out-of-shape to the serious athlete, to attain a lean, hard, beautiful body. From flexibility to endurance, this is a complete exercise program for men and women.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688152024
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
235,175
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.00(d)

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The body is our instrument. One thing to remember is that we all have the same instrument, whether some of us have shaped it into the body of a dancer or not.... When I began to develop a workout based on the principles of New York City Ballet, I kept thinking of Michelangelo's unfinished sculptures that are part stone, part dancer. You want to be a sculptor of your muscles in order to achieve maximum muscle tone. You want to relieve the body of its excesses in order to bring out what's best in yourself. Ballet does not bulk up the body, but rather refines it. That's where dancers differ from other athletes who need to care more about endurance than muscle tone, or about how fast they can get to the ball, or how high they can jump. In ballet you want to develop a given muscle to its fullest without its necessarily showing. That's why we think of the ballet regimen as bodysculpting as opposed to bodybuilding.

Dance makes use of normally unused parts of the body. That's why nondancers can benefit from this workout and feel so much better. Many statistics say we only use a small percentage of our brains. I think the same can be said about the body. Dancers' heightened knowledge of them selves and their instrumenttheir bodygives them the ability to perform not only onstage but also to walk through life with elegance and confidence. Although it is very difficult to define perfection, I think dancers' bodies are as perfect as they come.One evening, while I was still a young dancer, a friend of mine from the company was walking near Lincoln Center with the great choreographer George Balanchine. They began to talk about the shape and balance of dancers' bodies.

"Proportion," Mr.Balanchine said, "is everything. That's all that matters. Even the neck has to be perfect." Then he added, "I look for perfect dancers. And I don't have one yet because there is no such thing as perfection. Even your friend Martins is not perfect.""Oh, really, Mr. B. What's wrong with him?"

"His knees are one inch too low."

Later that night, upon hearing the news, I raced to the mirror and quickly undressed. I was startled.

"Oh, my God!" I yelled. "He's right!"

Excerpted from The New York City Ballet Workout. Copyright © 1997 by the New York City Ballet and Peter Martins.

Meet the Author

Peter Martins was born in Denmark and began his association with the New York City Ballet thirty years ago. George Balanchine appointed him a ballet master in 1981 and since 1990 he has been ballet master in chief. Acclaimed as a dancer and choreographer, he lives in New York City with his wife, Darci Kistler, and their daughter, Talicia.

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New York City Ballet Workout Book 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
VERY useful and VERY easy to read!!! The directions were written easy to read and the workouts are excellent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think thiis is the best work out book for a dedicated dancer. It really helps you develop a dancers ideal body.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am a dancer. i have lots of sore muscles at night and this is a good way to strech out your muscles, or in the morning before school a quick warm up is also great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the exercises shown in this book are very easy to remember for a quick and helpful routine to target specific problem areas or your whole body!