I woke up recently with the strangest thought: “I want to try a ballet workout.”
It’s a big trend going back a decade or so, and it's something I’ve considered trying ever since I heard that Natalie Portman used a ballet workout to get in shape for the movie “Black Swan.” I went as far as to purchase a ballet workout video back when the movie was released, but the workout was seriously hard. I was never able to finish even one session despite the fact that I used to be a fitness buff.
But now I really wanted to do it. I had seen a YouTube video of an 80-year-old female bodybuilder who made the Guinness Book of World Records, and a 90-year-old gymnast who also held a world’s record. Clearly, I was falling behind in the world of senior citizen fitness. And while I had no desire to become a championship bodybuilder, maybe I could achieve the body of a dancer, and maybe I could achieve that goal with a ballet workout.
Hal Hutchison, M.Ed.
Hal Wofford Hutchison, M.Ed., is a former columnist, writer and editor for the Arkansas Democrat and the Arkansas Gazette newspapers. She has also been a secondary educator, and a university counselor and administrator. She lives in Little Rock, Ark., with her husband of 23 years and their daughter.