Spring training featured exercise: Plie squat jacks

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Featured exercise: Plie squat jacks

Why: This exercise develops leg endurance and power for level changes and jumps. 

How: Start in a sumo squat position with the finger tips slightly above the floor. A sumo squat is like a second position plie mixed with a flat back position, as illustrated in the picture. Move the arms upward (like a jumping jack) while pushing through the legs to jump. Start with a basic star shape jump with straight legs and pointy toes, then work up to harder jumps like tuck jumps. Begin with a set of 8 and work up to 32 as your weeks of training progress. Proper alignment is more important than number of reps.

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Train Smarter, Not Harder Summer Registration Open!

It’s back for a third year! Twin Cities Orthopedics is offering the Train Smarter, Not Harder summer program for dance teams.

New this year: Weight room and specialty sessions on safely conditioning the muscles and joints for high kick technique enhancement

Location: At your school, a TCO performance facility, or Training HAUS

Cost: Sliding scale dependent on number of sessions your team schedules.

For more information, contact Luke at Charlesrudberg@trainingHAUS.com.

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