Sculpt a Ballet Body Without At Home

Refine Method founder Brynn Putnam has discovered the secret to building a dancer’s body — no tutu required. 

At 16, an age when most teens are laser-focused on getting their driver’s license and scoring some independence, Brynn Putnam was committing to the captivity and discipline required of being a dancer with the prestigious New York City Ballet. When she retired from dancing in 2009, Putnam realized that she’d again need to summon discipline — this time in order to figure out how to work out on her own. “Barre, Pilates, and yoga promised a ‘dancer’s body’ and seemed less intimidating than the world of treadmills and dumbbells, so I started there,” Putnam tells Yahoo Health.

Taking classes soon turned into teaching at some of the top boutique fitness studios in New York City. But something wasn’t quite right. “I watched my students logging hours doing hard workouts, yet making little progress,” she says. “I started to wonder how much of what I knew about fitness was fact and how much was misinformation.”

So Putnam decided to travel across the country, meeting with athletic trainers, coaches, and scientists, many of whom had experience with professional athletes. The journey was eye-opening for Putnam, who began lifting much heavier weights than she ever had before.

“I performed squats and dead lifts instead of pliés and leg lifts. I struggled at times to figure out if I was doing it right,” she explains. “But I also felt challenged, both mentally and physically, and my body finally felt ‘dancer fit’ again, with a fraction of the time spent working out.”

Drawing upon the lessons learned from her time as a professional dancer, boutique fitness instructor, and student of some of the top minds in sports, Putnam founded Refine Method. The New York City studio, opened in 2010, uses high-intensity interval training to deliver the results her clients want in minimal time.

“The qualities many admire in dancers — leanness, strong and proportional legs, balance and coordination and good posture — can all be trained as part of a smart program that is tailored to your body and goals, no barre involved,” Putnam says.
The workout

With this exclusive workout created for Yahoo Health, you can experience a taste of the Refine Method right from your living room or local gym.

How to do it: Perform each exercise in order for the allotted time, going from one move to the next with minimal rest. Once you’ve finished all five exercises (one round), repeat the sequence for two to three rounds total.

Note: Although these photos show kettle bells, you can also do the workout with dumbbells.

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1. Reverse lunge touchdown

Stand with your feet under your hips, abs braced and spine neutral. Step your right foot back and bend both knees, lowering your hips down.


Sculpt a Ballet Body Without At Home

Orginally Published: Amy Rushlow – Yahoo Health


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