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Old 04-14-13, 11:13 AM  
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Balance practice?

What workouts have good segments for improving balance?

Are there any that are not yoga workouts?
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Old 04-14-13, 12:00 PM  
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I am really interested in improving and maintaining balance. I love to dance but I am naturally kind of accident prone. For self preservation I need to make my balance as good as possible. Yoga is pretty good for it, I think it seems to really strengthen the stabilizing muscles. But other than yoga, here are some that I found help me with balance...
*V-Core is great for this but it is a little dry
*the Fitness Fix workouts with Denise Beatty
*Some dance workouts especially ballet
*I find doing barre workouts without touching the "barre" helps a lot (an idea inspired by an adult beginner ballet class I took where we would sometimes take our hands off the barre and see if we can hold the position). X-tend barre is one of my favorites to use this way.
*Strength training programs that involve one-sided exercises like split squats, single legged dead lifts, alternating chest press, etc. Some examples I can think of is my balance improved a lot when I worked thought the paper program "Venus Index" which has a lot of these types of moves. Val Waters programs often have some of these as well. Also if I recall the dvd "Perfect Legs, Glutes and Abs" by Michele Olson has some of this as well.
*Standing Core work like in Ballet Body Core (the starting section)
*I think kickboxing would help too as would most dance workouts if you are looking for cardio options that also help with balance.

ETA: I recently discovered another workout that I think is great for balance but it does involves some yoga. It is called "Temple Goddess Workout" by Revital Carrol. It is a fusion of a style of Indian classical dance and yoga. It moves a bit slow, but it does really work on balance. I have a pretty high woo-whoo tolerance though. I don't recall any spiritual talk but I might have tuned it out.

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I think Tracie Long's Figure 30 workouts are suppose to have balance components. Bob harper has a short one on one of his called 'butt and balance' which is really nice. It may be on body rev cardio conditioning. V-Core is really good. I hear P90X2is very balance oriented. I can think of a lot of yoga.

Kari Anderson's Reach has a balance segment also.
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Old 04-14-13, 12:06 PM  
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Kari Anderson - Reach and Angles, Lines and Curves
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I just finished Core Fusion 30 Day Sculpt and there was some good balance work sprinkled throughout it.

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Old 04-14-13, 12:14 PM  
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Yep, I was going to say V-Core and some of the Tracey Long's -- I can't remember which! And, some of the Dream Body's, for sure, but that's got a whole lot more than balance going on. Oh -- Balanced Assets, with Gin Miller.
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Old 04-14-13, 12:18 PM  
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Thanks everyone for the great responses - you have given me a lot to look into. I used to have V-Core and it was great for balance but I didn't click with the instructor. I will check out the others mentioned.
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Old 04-14-13, 01:23 PM  
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Oh, yeah.... what about Tonique?
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Old 04-14-13, 02:28 PM  
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A lot of functional fitness type workouts involve balance practice. Tracie Long is a great example. Doesn't Erin O'Brien's workouts include balance work?

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