Ballet Sculpt

If you’re a regular at the Rec you’ve probably realized that not all the classes offered are created equal. Some are a complete waste of time (cough, cough Turbokick) while others are a guaranteed great workout. Falling in the latter category, Ballet Sculpt, taught by Jenny on either Monday at 3:15 p.m. or Thursday at 6:00 p.m. is a great way to get your sweat on. 

THE SWEAT SCALE

Ballet Sculpt, despite its barre-like exercises, actually ranks high on the sweat scale. Jenny makes sure to incorporate bursts of cardio in between the low-intensity ballet/barre exercises, keeping your heart rate elevated for most of the class.

THE WORKOUT

Ballet Sculpt is the love child of a barre and ballet class. Don’t worry if you have no background in ballet, Jenny modifies the dancer exercises so that they’re more user-friendly. The class builds muscular endurance through ballet-inspired moves that strengthen and lengthen multiple muscle groups. Jenny designs the class to target the whole body—legs, arms, back, and core.  We now know how ballerinas get their long, lean physiques. Expect lot’s of pliés, pulses, and planks, which will leave you with all the feels  by the end of it—just like a barre class. Embrace the quiver. It’s just your booty getting tighter.

WHAT TO WEAR AND HOW TO PREPARE

No shoes or socks necessary. Okay, feel free to wear socks if it will gross you out not to. But being barefoot is ideal for this class so that you can firmly grip the floor anytime you go up in relevé (which is a lot—hello sexy calves). Being barefoot also allows you to really point your feet so that any of the leg exercises you do are lengthening in addition to toning.

Photo: Abbey Fernandez (Vanderbilt '18)

Photo: Abbey Fernandez (Vanderbilt '18)

THE ATMOSPHERE

Arrive five minutes early. Jenny uses a fair amount of equipment for the class so be sure to arrive a couple minutes early to get everything you’ll need. She usually uses a Pilates ring, light dumbbells, a resistance band, and a stability ball.  

Don’t take yourself too seriously. Much to our dismay, we’re not all graceful, ex-ballerinas like Jenny. But don’t let potential embarrassment take away from the workout. Jenny always encourages the class to “do what feels right” and modify along the way. Just do what you can and don’t worry if you look like a spaz while doing it. As long as you leave there sweaty, you did it right.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Ballet sculpt with Jenny is definitely one of the best classes the Rec has to offer. Whether you were once on pointe or have never taken a ballet class in you’re life, you’re guaranteed to enjoy this class. The ballet-inspired exercises and cardio dance intervals make this a fun and sweaty class that will bring out even the clumsiest person’s inner ballerina.
 

 

Ballet Sculpt Sweat Scale*

*According to our RATE YOUR SWEAT submissions.
 

AMENITIES

✓ Free Towels

✓ Free Water

✓ Equipment Rentals

✓ Equipment Purchase required

✓ Showers

✓ Hair ties

✓ Mints

✓ Hand Sanitizer

✓ Lockers

✓ Lockers with locks

✓ Boutique

✗ Free Towels

✗ Free Water

✗ Equipment Rentals

✗ Equipment Purchase required

✗ Showers

✗ Hair ties

✗ Mints

✗ Hand Sanitizer

✗ Lockers

✗ Lockers with locks

✗ Boutique

HAVE YOU BEEN TO THIS Class? TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORKOUT AND RATE YOUR SWEAT!


 

VANDERBILT RECREATION & WELLNESS CENTER

2700 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 343-6627

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