How To Get A Body Like A 'Strictly Come Dancing' Dancer (Without Spending Hours Actually Dancing)

How To Get A Body Like A 'Strictly Come Dancing' Dancer

Whether you watch "Strictly Come Dancing" voluntarily or because someone else has commandeered the remote, the same thing is running through all our minds: man, the dancers have amazing bodies.

Clearly they have achieved those toned tummies and legs by zipping about for eight hours a day, but Fitness First trainer Amanda O'Hare says there's a way of getting that lean-yet-strong look without needing to do the same.

1. For toned legs, look at doing multi-directional lunges to hit the thighs and bum from every angle. Kick off with a lunge on the right leg, moving around each point of the compass aiming to keep your knees at 90 degrees and your torso upright. Once you’ve completed one rotation, switch to your left leg.

2. To achieve the ultimate six-pack stomach, try a dynamic plank workout. Start on your tip toes and with your elbows on the ground before rising up onto your hands, keeping your body rigid and your glutes squeezed tight to protect your back. Not only will this give you great abs but also strong shoulders too.

3. Coordination exercises are also key to improving balance and performance – something all dancers need. Jumping jacks and skipping are both great workouts that will help with your leg and feet coordination, as well as toning your calves.

4. Lastly, to improve your posture and keep the abs tight, jump on the TRX machine and do some ‘rows’. By holding the straps close either side of your chest, lean back and fully extend the arms before pulling yourself up to the top again. Repeat this for eight reps while making sure to keep the hips high to ensure your abs are engaged.