Considering the shape that these performers are in, we think we'll take any advice they have to give!
Stacey Magiera and Caroline Sicard, who are acrobats and dancers (respectively) with Cirque du Soleil, have opened up about various techniques and tips that they employ to keep themselves in top shape, and want to share their fitness wealth with the world!
Here are some HIGHlights:
"Do snail-paced, controlled reps. You'll increase the time your muscles are working against the resistance, and speed up your results. Try 5 counts up and 5 counts down."
"If I feel tension in my back or soreness in my legs, I massage it out with a foam roller or ice the muscle immediately. Letting the pain go can make you skip workouts, or worse, lead to an injury."
"Before I buy a snack, I always read the calorie and fat content. I nix it if it's over 200 calories or has any trans-fat."
"We perform two shows a night, so in between I fuel up with a high-energy snack. I like fresh elk jerky—a dried, super-lean meat—because it's low-cal, high in protein, incredibly tasty, and won't make my belly bulge."
"We're always adding new tricks, flips, and moves that make the show more fun to watch. You can do the same thing with your workouts by constantly adding fresh exercises and routines."
As to be expected, amazing advice!
We can't imagine that we'd be able to move the way they do with just those pointers, but they certainly know what they're talking about, and we're sure it shows in their performances!
[Image via AP Images.]
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