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Any professional or recreational dancers on here, and has paleo helped you?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM

I would be interested to know if there are any professional or recreational dancers on here, and if and how Paleo has helped you? Also what do you dance and where?

London, UK.
Recreational dancer.
Paleo for 3 months.

Argentine Tango (5 years): http://www.tangomovement.com
Flamenco (1 year): http://www.flamencoexpress.co.uk

The biggest change I have noticed after going Paleo is that my energy levels are less erratic, fewer highs and lows and I am much stronger. I was never a fan of eating that much meat before mainly because I disliked the feeling of being heavy. Before I was eating about a one steak and two BLTs a week. Now on average I am eating one steak and four chicken breasts a day! I coupled starting Paleo with circuit training, the 100 push-up ladder, and kettle bell workouts.

Dance movement is quite unique with a lot of focus on core strength, posture, flexibility, fluidity and extended control of movement. Since increasing my meat based protein intake I have far greater endurance and strength, and removing grains has reduced bloating and energy fluctuations. Also I have dropped 2% of my body-fat which is superb.

One thing I do have to be careful of is not to bulk-up without flexibility, especially as short bulky muscles will ruin the movement not to mention hurt like hell (experienced last night) possibly due to stretching the fibers. I totally got the tremors doing Flamenco arm work yesterday and need to do some research on what causes this: lactic acid or the stretching/working of long/short muscle fibers?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on November 18, 2011
at 12:47 AM

Not for me--can't stand wearing heels anymore, lol!

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on November 18, 2011
at 12:07 AM

You should give Tango a go, it really is just hugging and walking. :)

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on November 17, 2011
at 02:45 PM

CI and Tango seem very similar in the amount of "listening" that needs to happen to be in the flow together.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on November 17, 2011
at 02:26 PM

You know I have always wanted to try CI. I once danced Tango with someone of a similar age who had been doing Ci and Skinner release technique. She was quite amazing to dance with!!

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on November 17, 2011
at 02:18 PM

No I mean when you are almost at failure. The easiest explanation would be if you go into a push-up/plank and hold it there. At some point you begin to shake/tremor before you have to give in. In Flamenco you have to push your shoulders down your back, lift up your chest (without opening it), suck your stomach into your spine and then extend your arms right to your finger tips during each movement; not to mention adding in wrist curls. It may not look it but it really hurts after a while. Here is an old clip but shows off the arms pretty well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp7mxTDfytI

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on November 17, 2011
at 02:02 PM

what do you mean by tremors? muscle spasm?

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on January 22, 2012
at 06:47 AM

I'm going to start- and record how it goes along the way. dancingpaleo.blogspot.com, check it out!

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on December 01, 2011
at 02:42 PM

I used to do ballet and modern but haven't danced in a little over a year. Paleo led to me getting into weightlifting and working out more though, and I've been stretching more regularly to work on my hip & shoulder flexibility. At 27, I think I'm more flexible than I've ever been!

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on December 05, 2012
at 05:24 AM

Recreational dancer: Breakdance/Bboy, 6 years. Paleo/Primal for 2 years.

I was a vegetarian somewhere in there, and thought it was great to be super light. It was only half true. I was super light, but super weak as well.

Since Primal/Paleo, I've gained a modest amount of muscle mass; pretty lean. Great energy, but it took some tweaking.

Many other bboys/breakers have recurring injuries. I feel that Paleo has been instrumental in keeping my body in a pretty good state. Stronger core was definitely a factor. No major injuries since a shoulder fail 4ish years ago.

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on December 05, 2012
at 03:56 AM

I'm a pre professional ballet and contemporary dancer Ive been mostly paleo for a while but after an injury which led to weight gain I've decided to go a bit more 'hardcore' to get back in shape I know if i eat grains I get a bit round on the edges, yes even if I am dancing 6 hours a day! And I feel like I have a better balance of energy with paleo

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on November 17, 2011
at 01:42 PM

I dance barefoot, contact improv & free-style, 1-2x weekly for 1-2 hours.

After one year of Primal eating, I've noticed more strength and absolutely no joint pain. I also heal more quickly if I get injured.

I used to bruise my knees very easily doing floor work (I hate knee pads!), but that seems to have stopped, too.

I'll be 49 in January. Working on free handstands now...

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on November 18, 2011
at 12:07 AM

You should give Tango a go, it really is just hugging and walking. :)

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on November 17, 2011
at 02:45 PM

CI and Tango seem very similar in the amount of "listening" that needs to happen to be in the flow together.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on November 17, 2011
at 02:26 PM

You know I have always wanted to try CI. I once danced Tango with someone of a similar age who had been doing Ci and Skinner release technique. She was quite amazing to dance with!!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on November 18, 2011
at 12:47 AM

Not for me--can't stand wearing heels anymore, lol!

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