Pictured: Jessica Howard, stretch teacher,
safely stretching warmed-up
Do not overstretch your muscles before class. It can be harder to gauge if you are hyper extended or very flexible but is dangerous no matter what. Muscles that are not yet warm can pull or tear leading to recovery time out of the studio. If you’re short on time and need a quick warm up, do dégagés and gentle leg swings before you move into stretches.
2. Drinking a lot of water
You realize you haven’t had water ALL DAY, so you want to guzzle down a couple bottles. Staying hydrated before, during, and after your dance class is important, but drinking too much water right before can lead to nausea or cramping. The best solution to realizing you need more H2O is drink 6-8 oz. of water before class and continue sipping throughout class.
3. Eating BIG (sugary) meals
We all know eating too much before you jump and dance, can make you feel physically heavy and bloated. Eating too much sugar before you workout will cause a spike in your energy levels at the beginning of class only to plummet in the middle leaving you sluggish.