This month, Alice re­veals why there’s much to be gained from clown­ing around

Women's Health (UK) - - CONTENTS -

...cir­cus skills. No clown­ing

Ichal­lenge you to take a trip to the cir­cus and not leave with a long list of moves you want to mas­ter. Re­cently, I went to watch an amaz­ing trav­el­ling cir­cus and felt so in­spired by what I saw. As an ex-pro­fes­sional dancer, I love the idea of cir­cus-style skills that re­quire con­cen­tra­tion and a com­pletely dif­fer­ent way of us­ing your body. This moves the fo­cus away from con­stantly adding load or in­creas­ing vol­ume. As with most things, strength gains will, at some point, plateau. Work­ing on skill-based move­ments along­side con­tin­ued strength work can help to keep you mo­ti­vated and in­ter­ested in your train­ing rou­tine. I’m not sug­gest­ing you run off and join the cir­cus, but have a go at build­ing some of these moves into your work­out. Don’t worry: no uni­cy­cles in­volved.

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