Tutus, tulle and pastel colored leggings. It is the first thing that comes to mind when everyone hears the word ballet, which for some reason is associated with the ñoño and corny. Few will imagine that behind that delicacy of movement hides muscles as hard as steel and stone as well as flexible and elastic like bamboo. Slim and long bodies as well as fibrous and toned. In short, the dream of any Renaissance sculptor and, why fool us, of most human beings. Bringing the physical routines of dancers closer to mortals is the idea behind the ballet fit, a discipline promoted in our country by the dancer Gloria Morales, who, as you can guess by her name, mixes dance with fitness. It is the sports recommendation of the month for the section The best of our April issue, where each month we sketch a few brushstrokes on the most inspiring things that are cooked in the field of well-being. You can check the rest by downloading BuenaVida for free in digital format, doing click here.

He ballet fit It is practiced in gyms, in spacious rooms and with the walls covered with mirrors to be able to see our own movements and, as in its most classic version, with bars that support various exercises. The sessions last 45 minutes: three quarters of an hour with the muscles in tension and without stopping. “They are divided into three blocks of 15. The first are for a muscular and articular stretch in which we take advantage of the support to perform plies [un movimiento en el que desde la primera posición de pies —talones juntos, puntas mirando hacia afuera— o quinta —misma dirección de los pies pero separados la distancia que marque nuestras caderas—, se doblan las rodillas para que descienda el tronco lo más recto posible]. Then we move on to a more heated warm-up [aquí tocan algunos saltos y piruetas], in which we put cardio [trabajo cardiovascular], we raise the pulsations and burn fat. We end up on the floor with abs, glutes and final stretches, “Morales explains. It is an exercise, he says,” for everyone. Whether or not you’ve done sports before. “The only thing asked is to leave the shame on the door before entering.

The key to its high physical demand (and therefore great results) is that it is necessary to hold the postures with the body in balance, an objective that is only achieved by working each and every muscle. “Thus, while you exercise your glutes, you keep your abs tight,” Morales explains. You sweat. Less than in a high intensity class, but you sweat. And, above all, you suffer. The tension of holding the position, much like the effort you do in Pilates, makes your muscles burn. But, for a servant, everything is worth it after seeing the abs of the expert and the instructors who accompany her. There is not a gram of fat in those guts. Just muscle. But not like the one made from gym machines, no. His does not seem hypertrophied and rigid, but flexible and delicate.

It is precisely these results that have led numerous athletes from different disciplines and fans of physical exercise to sign up without shame. “We work with boxers, with people who do crossfit, who runs and does triathlons. They seek to improve their range of motion and coordination and learn to lengthen their movements, to be more elastic and flexible to avoid typical injuries such as ligaments, “says Morales. Furthermore, with the synergies between this adaptation of classical dance and other sports, his The promoter also seeks to eliminate stereotypes, until the point where the parents of the Billy Elliot’s in the world have no problem in that their children decide to put on leggings to exercise and perhaps even encourage themselves. With more women than men in the classes, Morales acknowledges that they are becoming more and more encouraged. “Soccer players have come to us with photos asking how they can get certain muscles. And the answer is in the ballet. “

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