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Cardiorespiratory Training for Dancers

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Dance performance has been classified as high-intensity intermittent exercise that utilizes the aerobic and glycolytic energy production systems. Dance class and rehearsal have been shown to inadequately stress these energy systems and supplemental training is one method of preparing the body to meet these demands. The use of interval exercise training to elicit the required training effect has been suggested and the recommended exercise-to-rest ratios are examined in relation to the underlying physiology. The training environment and frequency is also examined with regard to movement specificity and the need for peripheral adaptations to occur in appropriate muscle fibers. Finally, the levels of dancers (professional, vocational student, and recreational) are discussed in relation to the importance of supplemental training to their goals.

Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: Department of School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure, Walsall Campus, University of Wolverhampton, Gorway Road, Walsall WS1 3EB, England

Publication date: 2005-03-01

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