How to Build Strength for Breakdancing

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One thing that breakdancing definitely requires is a good deal of strength. Build strength for breakdancing with help from a certified peak performance coach in this free video clip.

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Hello there, my name is Jay Jones, celebrity peak performance coach and fitness minister and today we're going to talk about how to build strength for breakdancing. Breakdancing, I love breakdancing, I'm a child of the '80s, when breakdancing was born, so I can definitely dig it. One of the best things that you can do for your body when you are breakdancing is build lean muscle mass. Breakdancing is a very demanding type of dancing and it can be very strenuous on the body if the body is not properly prepared. So we're going to go through three basic moves, just three out of the myriad that you can do. The first one that we're going to do and of course, all three will require no weight, just your body weight. The first one we're going to do is we're going to sure up our lower body. One of the best exercises we can do is the squat. So of course, we always love to open our legs a little wider than shoulder width apart, chest is always up. We're going to put our hands on the inside of our body in the guard position is what we call it and then we're going to keep our chin up, we're going to push the hips back and down and then we're going to roll the pelvis forward. That's a very good squat. We want to keep the chest up because we want to control the lower back. We want to keep the core nice and tight, down and up, one more time, we go down and up. Now that's your foundation for breakdancing. You've got to have a nice strong base. Now the second part of this is we want to work our upper body strength. A lot of the power comes from the dancing. So we're going to get down and we're going to do what we call a Superman pushup. I'm going to show you what this looks like. We're going to go down on the ground and we're going to go down and bring the leg up, push it back, bring it out and push it back. One more time, in and push it back and out and push it back. Alright, after your Superman pushup, we're right back in it and our final move is going to be a stretch move because you've got to be nice and limber. Breakdancing requires a nice limber frame as well as a strong frame so the last exercise we're going to do is a very simple move called the windmill. We're going to open our legs up, bring our arms up shoulder width apart. It's an old calisthenic warmup move but phenomenal for working the rotational plane of the body. We're going to take our right hand and we're going to go over to our left toe in an arching motion. We go one, two, back to center, three, one, beautiful, one, two, three, two, one more, stretch, two, three and three. There you go, those are three strength conditioning moves to get you started on your new breakdance career. I wish you the best of luck. My name is Jay Jones, celebrity peak performance coach and fitness minister and those were just a few ideas on how to build strength for breakdancing.


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