Resistance training for dancers is a long misunderstood subject. But the reality is, weightlifting for dancers (otherwise known as resistance training) is exactly the thing that will take your dancing to the next level.
That’s why Dancers Who Lift is committed to providing top-tier resistance training for dancers.
**Don’t believe dancers should train this way? Give “Why Should Dancers Lift Weights?” a read, then come back and join me here.**
Now, that we are on the same page, let’s talk about why we are so passionate about resistance training for dancers here at Dancers Who Lift.
First of all, resistance training is considered a low impact workout, meaning it’s easy on your joints while still giving you an incredible calorie burn. A recipe for the *perfect* cross-training tool for dancers.
And, if you read the blog mentioned earlier, you learned that resistance training can increase your metabolic rate, without negatively impacting your mobility or flexibility. On top of that, it can increase bone density which prevents stress fractures.
Okay, so now that you are on the resistance training for dancers band wagon, the question is where do you start?
Anything is better than nothing, but we recommend working with a trainer.
Because accountability is one of the most powerful tools when it comes to creating a consistent workout regemine.
The reality is, there are a lot of really excellent personal trainers out there who can teach you how to lift weights.
But we know Dancers Who Lift has something extra special.
You see, anyone can write you a program and call it “resistance training for dancers.” But we are uniquely qualified to teach dancers about resistance training because we are a team of professional and retired professional dancers ourselves. We get it in a way few others can.
And yes, Dancers Who Lift offers memberships, one-onone training programs, and a load of freebies. But what really sets us apart is our holistic approach to training dancers.
You see, we know that dancers are not just dancers – they’re human beings.
We care about their mental and emotional health, as much as we care about their physical health.
We offer mindfulness resources, blogs about goal setting and journaling, give you tools for stress management, all on top of the top-tier nutrition and resistance training programs.
But why gab about it when I could just show you?
Below is a complete breakdown of everything Dancers Who Lift offers to their community.
But before we dive into the offers, let’s talk bout who Dancers Who Lift is for.
We cater to serving multi-passionate performers. Whether you’re in-training, pre-professional, professional, an art educator, retired, or even a recreational artist you are welcomed and celebrated within our community.
As working and retired performers ourselves, our team understands the uniques stresses, pressures, and crazy lifestyles that come with the artist’s life.
But we don’t stop there. As mentioned before, Dancers Who Lift is more than just resistance training for dancers.
From dancers to actors to gymnasts, contortionists, vocal athletes, skaters and more, we can help you reach your athletic, aesthetic, and performance based goals.
If your goals include moving faster, improved flexibility, enhanced balance, and unshakable confidence then YES we can help you.
“But, I used to dance when I was young. I’m not really an athlete or a dancer anymore.”
At the end of the day, we want like-minded humans connecting and supporting each other all across the globe.
We want to establish a community of hardworking, kind, and inclusive folks all with a simple core belief in the domino effect:
“When you’re empowered, you’ll empower others. Then they’ll empower others. And so on. And that’s how we’ll (sneakily) change the world.”
See? More than just resistance training for dancers. We are changing the world!
Body Mechanics Membership:
Body Mechanics is a program designed to make resistance training for dancers more accessible and most of all educational. We poured our heart and soul into crafting a superior yet budget-friendly resistance training program that homes in on and tackles the specific challenges you encounter as a performer.
Body Mechanics isn’t just about enhancing your dance skills. We have a vision to arm you with a comprehensive understanding of fitness.
Why? So you feel confident picking up that barbell while understanding and witnessing firsthand how it’s transforming your performance.
So , What’s included in Body Mechanics?
Body Mechanics includes a 6 week “Strength For Skills” Method which includes 3 strength training focused workouts per week, plus 2 auxiliary workouts, warm-ups and cardio. These 6 weeks are followed by 3-weeks of conditioning and stamina blasts designed to enhance your performance and skill level. You’ll also receive monthly nutrition guides to complement your training efforts.
Worried about knowing how to do the exercises? Not here!
For each phase of Body Mechanics you’ll not only receive detailed instructions to help you follow the workouts with ease, but you’ll get access to our exercise library filled with how-tos and form tips.
And if that still sounds like too much work, simply DM your coach for personalized feedback and instruction.
Don’t have access to a gym? No problem. Body Mechanics can provide home workouts as well.
And if all that’s not enough, you have access to our in-app thread connecting you to the greater DWL community which is eager to help and encourage you in your journey!
And I definitely saved the best for last, it costs less than $3 per day. At $68 a month, joining the Body Mechanics team will ring in at $2.19 per day!
Now that’s a deal!
So if you’re ready to join the team, sign up here and join the fam!
Embodied Artist Academy:
The Embodied Artist Academy, like Body Mechanics is also more than resistance training for dancers. As you might’ve guessed by it’s name, Embodied Artist Academy is actually an educational method.
It’s designed to not only help you achieve your athletic and aesthetic goals but to give you the tools to sustainably maintain them or change them according to the ever changing demands of our world.
Who is Embodied Artist Academy for?
This program is designed for the person who feels their dance career is stalling or hitting a wall.
It’s for the person who feels slower not just in their body but that opportunities are harder to come by.
For the person who is stuck in a cycle of negative self-talk and misses how they functioned when they were younger.
It’s also for the retired performer who has a desk job.
What is it exactly?
Embodied artist is a 90-day, one-on-one online coaching program designed to turn frustrated, fatigued dancers into strong, energized, and confident artists.
The Embodied Artist Academy is educational at heart, providing 6 In-depth Units designed to help you grow into the most optimal version of you- not just your most optimal fitness level. You’ll deep dive into understanding nutrition, training and changing your mindset, on top of being pushed to challenge yourself physically.
But don’t worry, you won’t be doing it alone. You’ll have direct access to a dedicated coach to ask every question, share every goal, and get feedback and encouragement at any time.
Sounds good, what’s included?
Should you choose to apply to the Embodied Artist Academy you’ll receive 90 days (12 weeks!) of fitness and flexibility workouts designed specifically for you and your needs.
You’ll gain access to the Dancers Who Lift App to keep track of workout videos and learn form techniques for resistance training for dancers.
Along with a completely personalized nutrition directive, you’ll receive the Embodied Artist Nutrition Guide to help you incorporate healthy habits into your diet and build your confidence cooking healthy meals.
You’ll watch and learn from 6 In-Depth Video Units diving deep into nutrition, training, and mindset for dancers, by dancers.
And you’ll do all this along side your dedicated coach who is there to hold you accountable, learn about and tailor to your specific needs and goals, and encourage you.
On top of all of this you’ll gain access to over 150 masterclasses, follow along workouts, and pre-recorded lessons.
You basically get a dedicated coach plus an entire anthology to grow and learn and challenge yourself endlessly.
Again, Dancers Who Lift is way more than resistance training for dancers. It is a tool box with every tool you could imagine.
Oh, and did I mention that the Embodied Artist Academy also comes with season recipe guides, live community coaching calls to learn and connect with others, and two implementation and direction calls?
Yea, it’s THAT comprehensive.
Think you might be interested? Apply for your slot in the academy here.
Okay, but what if I’m not ready to join anything formally?
I totally understand not being ready to join anything off the bat. Whether you’re on a budget or still researching the options for resistance training for dancers it’s okay if you’re not ready to join Body Mechanics or Embodied Artist Academy.
Dancers Who Lift has TONS of free resources.
We have a free Minset Reset Course led by our amazing coach Kiersten. This is designed to help you refocus your mind and help you create healthy mental health habits!
Would you consider yourself a jumper or a turner? Whether you’re trying to land a your first double or master a challenging turn sequence for a show, the free Five Day Turn Course will have you spinning like a top.
If you’ve got your resistance training on lockdown but you need help breaking down your macros, you can use our Energy Estimator at any time to create a simple nutrition outline designed just for you.
But the real freebie everyone is overlooking is the Dancers Who Lift Blog.
This blog posts weekly workouts, training technique tips, nutritional info, and more. It is a resource chock-full of helpful information for dancers, athletes, and humans alike.
Bonus? Reading the blog will give you good insight into how we like to operate and think here at Dancers Who Lift.
So, take your time, think it over. But we hope you’ll join us on Instagram, Tiktok, and the DWL blog while you do!
Because most of all, we want to connect with other likeminded humans, who prefer to dance their way through life.