Magazine article Dance Magazine

Christina Spigner: The Miami City Ballet Dancer Works out on a Mini-Trampoline

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Christina Spigner: The Miami City Ballet Dancer Works out on a Mini-Trampoline

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Christina Spigner conditions her body with everything from the Feldenkrais Method to weight training. But the Miami City Ballet corps member's favorite option--rebounding--is far less traditional. Rebounders bounce on a small trampoline in a variety of positions for an intense cardio workout as well as strength training for the legs and core. While some boutique fitness locations offer classes, online resources also make it easy to try at home. "It's like an invigorating dance party combined with an effective workout," says Spigner.

The 22-year-old Arizona native discovered rebounding after a hip surgery for an impingement and labral tear. During recovery, Spigner used Pilates, swimming, Feldenkrais and physical therapy exercises to heal and stabilize. But when she was ready to challenge herself, rebounding (recommended by a Feldenkrais instructor) fit the bill.

Now Spigner rebounds for 20 minutes three to four times a week. Her ballet-related routine moves from jumping with both legs in parallel, to single legs in parallel and repeating the pattern in turnout. "Then, I'll increase the steps like petit allegro, moving to echappees, then beating the legs, changements and sometimes entrechats," she says. Switching directions and sides help Spigner feel more confident when jumping in the studio and onstage. For her core, Spigner sits on the edge of the rebounder with her feet planted on the floor and bounces up and down, engaging her abs in a fresh way. "It creates a different type of tension," she says. …

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