The Workout: Roberto Bolle

Workout philosophy: “I don’t lift weights; I just lift beautiful women.” Pre-class must-do: Planks on his elbows. “I hold the position for a minute, rest for 30 seconds, and then repeat that two more times. It stabilizes my abdominals and back before dancing.”Cool-down: Bolle spends half an hour stretching his whole body, focusing on hisMore »

Your Best Body: Juice Cleansing: Smart Detox or Drastic Diet?

Like many dancers, New York City Ballet soloist Antonio Carmena is constantly looking for ways to help his body run more efficiently. After watching a documentary about juice cleansing this March, Carmena decided to try his own three-day version during the last week of the company’s season. “I wasn’t trying to lose weight,” he says.More »

Frozen Yogurt Dos and Don’ts

Frozen yogurt shops have taken over the country in the last three years. Believed to be a healthier option than ice cream, fro-yo feels like a free pass to indulge in a sweet treat without the guilt. But when shops are stocked with numerous flavors and a bar of tasty toppings, the “light snack” can easily become a calorie bomb. Here’s how to navigate the fro-yo line without regretting it later.

 

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Eat to Beat the Heat

This summer heat might leave you craving a cold snack after class to cool down. But did you know that reaching for an ice cream cone or a flavored slushie could actually make you feel hotter? Barry Swanson, a food scientist at Washington State University, recently spoke to Time about which foods can spike your body temperature, and which can help bring it down. His insights might surprise you.

 

The Best Pre- and Post- Workout Snacks

Strategic snacking can help your body get through, and recover from, an intense dance class or rehearsal. But what foods should you be eating when?

 

Before class, you need to fuel for maximum energy. That’s best achieved by eating a snack with a 2:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein anywhere from four hours to 30 minutes before class. The carbs will provide the energy you need to dance your best, while the bit of protein will keep your stomach from grumbling by the time you reach petit allégro.

 

Get Higher Jumps and More Strength—From Sunshine!

With sun-up to sun-down summer intensive hours approaching, remember that there are some vitamins you can’t get from snacks and meals alone. Researchers have found that athletes who train indoors have low levels of vitamin D due to lack of sunlight. Vitamin D allows bones to absorb the calcium they need to stay strong and it helps to strengthen the immune system.

 

Dancer Recipe: “Perfect Oatmeal”

What you eat when you’re injured can change how quickly you get back in the studio. In The Injury Diet: Foods That Heal in Pointe‘s current issue, Royal Winnipeg Ballet apprentice Emily Docherty shared how her stress fractures didn’t get better until she looked at her nutrition. Now she pays close attention to her daily meals.

The Workout: Elizabeth Yilmaz

Having danced everywhere from Ballet Hispanico to the Metropolitan Opera to an Angelina Ballerina: The Musical tour, New York City–based freelancer Elizabeth Yilmaz has to keep her body ready for any challenges thrown her way. Favorite Workout: Kayaking on the Hudson. “It’s a great upper-body strengthener. I don’t even realize the workout I’m getting untilMore »