What a way to start a post. Yes, that is Arnold being tutored by a ballet dancer. The gist is, try something new. You may be surprised at what you learn.
I have been doing my best to stay healthy and in shape. You don’t need to try ballet of course (I have not). But, the trick is to get out of your routine, try a few classes of something different you’d like to try out, and give them a shot. Even if you don’t plan to stick with them; even if you only try them once. First off, it gets your body out of its established patterns and jumpstarts development in other neglected areas of your fitness. Second of all, and more importantly, you may learn a thing or two that could supplement your current routine.
Say you’re a competitive bodybuilder (not that I was, am or ever will be). Getting the perfect, statuesque physique is likely 80% of your battle. But what about posing routines? The movie Pumping Iron opens with bodybuilding legends Franco Columbu and Arnold Schwarzenegger getting tips from a ballet dancer on how to improve their poses and gracefulness of movement. Heck, if Arnold cross-trained, so should all of us.
And it’s not just for bodybuilders or the general gym-going crowd either. Think of the different sports and how a skill emphasized in one can significantly benefit performance in the other? Those high jumps to the net in volleyball have helped many in their transition to basketball. Football players sprint from one end of the field to the other like a track and field player. The combinations are endless, but you’ll be able to find these complementary skills and see their benefits only if you try things out.
So, be fearless. Dance, lift, stretch, fight, jump up and down.
In my life, other than bull fighting, I have tried a number of activities I can’t remember off the top of my head. Today, what has stuck with me and what I use to stay in shape are the weights and high-intensity boot camp workouts. But as streamlined as my current activities are, I can’t deny that plenty of what enables me to pursue my passions have been taught to me by things I simply stumbled upon. You won’t know until your try!