Finding a Personal Trainer to Improve your Dancing

As a dancer you have very specific needs and goals from a physical and training standpoint. It’s becoming much more popular to seek out a trainer to help you with cross – training. I’m hoping it’s also becoming more popular to find a Health Coach (like me!) to help you with nutrition and mindset around food and your body.

I’ve heard from many dancers that they’ve worked with nutritionists before who didn’t have a dance background. They felt like those nutrition professionals weren’t understanding of their goals as dancers. Non – dancer’s are not going to fully understand the demands of the dance world.

This applies to trainers as well. If you find any run of the mill trainer who has no knowledge or background in dance then they’re not going to understand your goals. Check out this video or read on for more!

Utilize the internet.

We no longer have to find someone who lives within driving distance to work with them. Trainers can work with you by skype or video call – they can still assess your alignment and how you’re working.

You already have body awareness so you shouldn’t need someone checking and manipulating your body into proper form.

Get specific needs met by specific people.

Personal trainers often have a specific way of eating that they promote to clients. Eat this “high-fat, low carb” style and you’ll definitely reach your goals. However, when you work with someone who is focused only on the nutrition perspective they’ll usually help you work through different eating styles and support you in finding what works for your personal needs.

Have a team of people that you work with.

You have the technical and training aspect down (if you don’t, seek out better dance training). If you need physical therapy for injury prevention then seek it out. If you aren’t sure how to address your weaknesses in dance with your cross training, find a trainer to help. If you’re looking for support in fueling yourself and maintaining a positive lifestyle, seek out a Health + Lifestyle Coach to support your goals.

Check out this related post :   Mindfulness + Mental Health Considerations for Dancers

Athletes work with a host of different professionals and you’re putting the same (if not more) pressure on your body to perform. Why wouldn’t you need and benefit from the same support?

Is this an investment? Yes. So think about how you can make it work for you. Maybe choose 1 professional to work with at a time. Find a trainer, have them help you develop training plans for a few months, then move on to a nutrition professional. You might find that you need to or want to spend more time with one person to really work deeply on one area.

Think about the area that you think needs the most immediate attention. Maybe set up a free chat or session with different people who might be able to help! Interested in exploring Health/Lifestyle Coaching? Set up a clarity session with me! Fill out this form:

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If I think we’re a good fit, I’ll reach out to set up a FREE Clarity Session!

A personal trainer should…

See you dance. If they have a dance background and danced professionally, they’ll see what you might be able to work from and how you’ll benefit from personal training. They should be able to provide you with a clear plan of action and detail what changes you’ll see in your body and dancing from your working together.

If it’s not clear how things can change or improve, they might not be a good fit for you. If you need trainer suggestions, reach out to me and I’ll refer you to someone!

What to Look for in a Personal Trainer

Jess Spinner

Jess is a former professional ballet dancer turned Holistic Health, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Coach for high level dancers. She founded The Whole Dancer in 2015 after identifying a greater need for balance, wellness and support in the dance world. Since The Whole Dancer was founded, Jess has worked with 100's of dancers worldwide at top companies and schools. She has been featured in or written for Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Pointe Magazine, and Dance Spirit Magazine.

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