Jumpstart Your Training - Week 2
10 Jan 2018 01:09 - cameron.irishdancing


After the regional Oireachtas excitement and Christmas holidays, NOW is the time to get back into good dance form. IDM checks in with Peter O’Grady from the company Irish Dancing Physical Fitness to get his recommendations on your best way forward this month. Peter is the author of Upping Your Step and is known for his unique assessments, diagnosis and specific programming. He is also known for his amazing treatments, helping hundreds of dancers at major competitions worldwide. "Training should be progressive, so it is important to do some form of light training before the serious training begins to avoid injury," explains Peter. Detailed demonstrations of the program below can be found in the training book and DVD Upping Your Step.


Week 2. Turn off the Netflix and keep going. It takes hard work to reach your goals.

Peter explains,“Our guide is designed so you can train smart and boost your overall physical fitness for Irish dancing. If you have any restrictions or limitations with relation to strength, flexibility, mobility or other, then you will not be able to perform your dance movements to the best of your ability. This guide which we have designed for you, will lead you in the right direction. Week two continues with running, cycling or swimming sessions and adds in the following warm-up, strength and balance training two times each week:

Print out these handy guides to help you stay on track!

warm up routine          

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