A professional ballet dancer reveals how he stays in killer shape — and you'll want to take notes

Business Insider | 7/2/2018 | Sara Lindberg, INSIDER
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Being a professional dancer requires time and dedication outside of the studio to stay fit.

Herman Cornejo, a professional ballet dancer, follows a strict diet and is constantly moving.

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Recovery for him includes stretching, icing, drinking a lot of water, eating lots of protein and vegetables, and having daily massages and physical therapy.

If you've ever wondered what a professional dancer does to stay in dancing shape, then you need to follow 37-year-old Argentina-born, Herman Cornejo.

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As a Principal dancer with the American Ballet theater company since 2003, Cornejo performs next to some of the greatest bodies in the world, including Misty Copeland and Alessandra Ferri.

But one look at this talented dancer, and it's obvious that he also spends hours each day developing his physique.

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INSIDER talked with Cornejo to find out exactly what he does to stay in dancing shape.

He is constantly moving.

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Cornejo is always "in training." His entire day revolves around dance, fitness, and healthy eating.

"In ballet, you are training your body in an athletic way, but with a more elegant approach that is far more difficult than many other activities," Cornejo told INSIDER.

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That's why even when he's not dancing, Cornejo is exercising. Whether he's trying to balance his body while doing a plié or climbing the stairs two steps at a time, his body is always in motion.

As far as formal exercise, Cornejo combines the ballet barre experience with some gym strengthening like pull-ups, biking, and swimming to help keep his body strong and elongated.

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He also swears by the Gyrotonic reformer to do his jumping exercises. "This uses the same strength as jumping on the normal ballet floor, but it helps to prevent injuries, especially if you're planning to rehearse and jump for the next five or six hours," he said.

Stretching happens at the end of the day along with an ice...
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