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?
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?
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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!
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!
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.
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
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...