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Belly Fat Workout for Dancers (+ Video that Works) ๐Ÿ™Œ

I’ve decided dancers are speaking a language with their bodies when they move.

And therefore deserve their very own belly fat workout – just for dancers.

Because HOW DO YOU DO THAT?

I love watching dancers so much.

Are you ready to shimmy and sculpt your way to a leaner, more toned body?

This belly fat workout for dancers is designed to help you unleash your inner dancer while targeting stubborn belly fat.

To clear up any confusion: we will NOT be dancing in this workout. But feel free to dance during the breaks between exercises ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐ŸŽถ

Say goodbye to dry workouts and hello to a fun, effective way to trim your waistline.

Let’s move our bodies and be our fittest, more fabulous selves!

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Belly Fat Workout for Dancers: How this Workout Works

Did you know that the way a workout is organized is just as important as the individual exercises themselves?

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For example, you might know that jumping jacks are good for burning fat.

But do you know the best exercises to combine with jumping jacks to actually get results?

This is where my input as a Personal Trainer comes in very handy.

Iโ€™ve helped you pick the right exercises AND combined them in the right order to get you results.

In this workout, youโ€™re getting exercises that will raise your heart rate, strategically target your biggest muscle groups, and make you sweat.

Together, these stimuli signal to your body to burn fat quickly during your workout and to continue to burn fat after your workout.

Your part in this process is to keep showing up and stay consistent.

You can do that by using the free exercises here on my blog – or you can start a free trial for a more efficient experience (video format, real-time guidance, perfectly organized).

Exercises in this Workout for Belly Fat

Belly Fat Workout for Dancers Exercise 1: ski jumps with low impact modification

ski jumps with low impact modification exercise demo

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Quick tips to do ski jumps with low impact modification correctly.

  • Land with a slight bend in your knees and try to absorb the impact with your muscles while performing ski jumps
  • By swinging your arms as you jump, you can increase your momentum and improve your balance upon landing
  • Keep your arms and hands close to your body to help with balance
  • Land softly on the balls of your feet rather than flat-footed or on your heels
  • Leverage the power of your legs to propel yourself upwards and execute the lateral jump
  • Do the low impact version if you are new ski jumps it is equally as effective

Belly Fat Workout for Dancers Exercise 2: twist jacks

twist jacks exercise demo

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Quick tips to do twist jacks correctly.

  • Focus on powering this movement with your hips
  • Do not bring your knees up too high; they should cross-over, not come up high
  • Let your arms swing loosely โ€“ think delicate happy ballerina ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Keep your shoulders loose and relaxed as well Picture yourself wearing a beautiful dress and twirling in it that’s a great analogy for this exercise

Belly Fat Workout for Dancers Exercise 3: shuffle pumps with modification

shuffle pumps with modification exercise demo

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Quick tips to do shuffle pumps with modification correctly.

  • Extend your arms fully to get a full range of motion
  • Go at your own pace
  • Suck your stomach in (but don’t hold your breath)

Belly Fat Workout for Dancers Exercise 4: power hops

power hops exercise demo

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Quick tips to do power hops correctly.

  • Always keep your neck and back straight, only bending as you move into each hop
  • As you bring one leg up, be prepared to bounce on the other foot to create speed
  • Bring your knee up to meet your elbow
  • Start with your feet shoulder-width apart and try to retain that distance throughout the exercise Keep your core engaged as you do power hops

Belly Fat Workout for Dancers Exercise 5: jumping jacks with low impact option

jumping jacks with low impact option exercise demo

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Quick tips to do jumping jacks with low impact option correctly.

  • Suck your belly in to keep your core engaged. Focus most of your effort on moving your legs
  • Move as quickly as you can once you have the movement down
  • Lock your eyes on a stationary object in front of you to help you maintain a straight back
  • For lower impact, focus on stepping your foot as fast as you can. No jumping needeed
  • Pay attention to creating a consistent pace. Don’t start too fast to the point of being unable to complete the round. A nice steady pace is best.

3 Belly Fat Tips for Dancers

If you hate salads, do this…

I really struggled to eat salads for a long time.

And to be honest, I still don’t eat salads.

I eat vegetables in literally every form – except salads.

There is just something about eating cold leaves that genuinely makes me feel sad haha.

If you’re like me – fear not.

Just eat your vegetables in other forms.

Personally, I enjoy a nice warm bowl of okro soup.

I love sauteed baby bok choy, sauteed baby kale, and sauteed collard greens.

I enjoy all of these vegetables several times a week.

The key is to sautee them on the lowest heat possible to preserve as much of the vitamin c content as you can.

I’m not fancy at all with my sautees either.

I just use some coconut aminos (you can use soy sauce if you prefer), any oil i have on hand (coconut and olive are staples), some onion powder (listen, i am NOT cutting onions Loolll).

Toss together and eat.

I have also been known to throw baby spinach and plant-based milk together in a blender and chugged the whole thing down.

I don’t recommend the blending thing.

Even i realize that’s a bit wild and extreme.

Watch the sneaky sugars in “healthy” juices

Have you ever looked at the nutrition label on the back of a juice carton and felt shocked by the amount of sugar present?

If so, you arenโ€™t alone!

Store-bought juices are filled with unhealthy and often unnecessary sugar.

Instead, reach for whole fruit to get all the nutrients with significantly less calories and added sugar.

Whole fruits provide fiber that helps fill you up while also satisfying sweet cravings.

With this method, you can keep your calorie intake low while still enjoying sweet indulgences!

Don’t fall for this lie about exercise…

Exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.

However, you have to really make sure you’re doing the right program for you.

You donโ€™t have to go to the gym to get your exercise.

It is easier, faster, and highly effective to workout at home.

Especially if you’re doing Koboko Fitness workouts.

Maybe go for a walk in the morning or during breaks during the day.

Make sure that youโ€™re really listening to your body when you exercise.

There is no point in reaching an extreme level of intensity one day, then being wiped out for 3 months.

Some people think that if youโ€™re not dying, youโ€™re not working hard enough.

Those people are ex-professional athletes and gym rats.

They are not regular everyday people like you and me.

You want to push yourself but know your personal limit – and stick to it!

Belly Fat Workout for Dancers Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are there any specific diet plans that complement cardio exercises for belly fat reduction?

Yes, there are specific diet plans that can complement cardio exercises for belly fat reduction. In fact, diet and exercise go hand in hand when it comes to losing belly fat. The right combination of both is essential for achieving optimal results.

To reduce belly fat, it is important to focus on a diet that has fewer calories than you burn in the day, enough protein, and rich in fiber.

Some people do very well on a low carb, high fat, high protein diet. If you choose this route, make sure you still incorporate lots of fresh organic vegetables into your diet to get all the micronutrients your body needs to function properly.

Another diet that is effective in complementing cardio exercises for belly fat reduction is the Mediterranean Diet: This diet is rich in healthy fats, protein, and fiber. It includes foods like fish, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. This diet plan is associated with reduced belly fat, as well as improved heart health.

Please note that I am using the word “diet” very loosely here. I personally (and professionally) do not believe in or support dieting. I support a health-first approach and most diets do a lot of harm to the female body.

If you think your metabolism is compromised, please talk to a doctor.

In summary, any diet that has fewer calories than you burn in a day, plus sufficient protein and fiber is useful for belly fat reduction.

Specific examples of such diets that can complement cardio exercises for belly fat reduction, are the Mediterranean Diet, and the low carb diet. Remember to consult with a healthcare professional or a registered Dietician to come up with a plan that is right for you.

What types of foods should I avoid when trying to lose belly fat?

Avoid everything that has taste and makes you happy and you’ll be good ๐Ÿ˜

I’M JOKING! I’M JOKING!!! haha

Yes, some faves will have to go but it’s actually not that bad.

If you’re trying to lose belly fat, avoid these foods:

1. Deep fried, battered fries.

Fries are made out of potatoes – which is a carbohydrate energy source. Oil is fat – which is also an energy source. When you combine them, you’re making an energy + energy combo. Too much energy gets stored as fat. So – an easy way to avoid accumulating belly fat is to let go of deep fried battered potatoes.

Try a baked or boiled potato instead.

2. Orange juice

Oranges are great because the orange provides fiber.

However, when you strip the fiber to create orange juice, it becomes just another sugary beverage.

Skip the juice as much as possible and eat the actual fruit instead.

3. Apple juice (same reason as above). This logic applies to almost all juices. Ive just mentioned these two because they are the most common here in the States.

4. Bagged chips Things like doritos fall into this category.

To lose belly fat, you need highly nutritious foods and a caloric deficit.

I assure you that bagged chips are not highly nutritious.

And they are not designed to help you maintain a caloric deficit. Quite the opposite actually.

5. Alcohollllllll Yes, this is a big one.

Just say no. No to the beer. No to the wine. No to it all.

Alcohol is high in calories, stresses the cow out of your liver, and can slow down the body’s ability to burn fat.

Drink tea instead.

No, for real that’s what i do. I love green tea. Dandelion tea. Hibiscus tea. All of it.

I have a whole tea collection in my bedroom to keep me on the straight and narrow.

What are the most effective cardio exercises for losing belly fat?

When it comes to losing belly fat through cardio exercises, there are a few exercises that are particularly effective.

These exercises help to increase the heart rate, burn calories, and reduce overall body fat, including belly fat.

1. Jumping Jacks (or Step Jacks):

Doing jumping jacks or step jacks is a great way to increase cardiovascular endurance and burn calories. The step jack is a low impact modification which is easier on the knees.

These exercises can be done anywhere, making them one of the most accessible cardio exercises. Incorporating jumping jacks or step jacks into an overall workout of about 30 minutes a day, five days a week, can help to reduce belly fat and body fat overall.

2. High Knees:

High Knees is another great cardio exercise that can be done indoors or outdoors. It also has a low-impact modification which you will typically see in my workouts.

High Knees are a little easier on the joints and can help to burn a significant amount of calories. Like jumping jacks, high knees – when incorporated into a well designed 30 minute workout, five days a week, can help to reduce belly fat and body fat too.

3. Squat Jacks:

Squat Jacks is a form of cardio exercise that does double duty. It not only helps burn calories in the moment, but also helps strengthen the leg muscles so the muscles there continue to burn calories when you rest.

This type of exercise can help to burn calories, increase cardiovascular endurance, strengthen muscle, and build overall endurance, making it a powerhouse exercise to add into your rouine.

These are just 3 easy to remember, solid exercises that are extremely effective for reaching your goal of burning belly fat.

There are many other exercises that are also effective and you will see them featured in lots of my workouts.

Remember that with exercise, variety is also important. So spice up your routine with jumping jacks, high knees, and squat jacks – but don’t get stuck in a rut with them.

What are some common mistakes people make when trying to lose belly fat through cardio exercises?

When it comes to losing belly fat through cardio exercises, there are a few common mistakes that are easy to avoid. People that make these mistakes end up slowing down their progress so they’re really good to be aware of. Here are a few examples of mistakes to avoid:

1. Relying solely on cardio:

While cardio exercises can be effective for burning calories and melting away fat, they should not be the only type of exercise in your routine. Resistance exercises which target your core muscles are also important. You also want to be doing multi-purpose exercises like planks.

2. Overdoing it:

Some people make the mistake of thinking that the more cardio they do, the more fat they will lose. The thing is, too much cardio can actually backfire and cause burnout, rapid adaptation, and injuries. It’s important to find a balance between cardio and resistance exercises that allows you to make steady progress without wasted effort.

3. Relying on steady-state cardio:

Steady-state cardio like cycling at a consistent pace, can be effective for burning calories, but it is best to also have other forms of cardio in your routine. For example, i regularly include tabata cardio workouts in my program for this reason. It combines short bursts of intense exercise with periods of rest – similar to HIIT but less awful, more fun, and highly effective.

4. Nutrition Debt:

Nutrition debt is the mindset of “i’ll eat this now and burn it off later”. I don’t know if you’ve tried this before but it’s very hard to burn off anything we eat. It’s honestly easier and best to eat nutritious foods from the start. Eating a balanced, nutritious diet that is rich in protein, fiber, and healthy fats can support your weight loss efforts and help you to shed belly fat more quickly.

5. Focusing only on abs:

Core exercises like planks and crunches are PHENOMENAL for sculting and toning the abs. But they cannot – by themselves – remove belly fat. These exercises must be combined with cardio and resisance training to really see some fantastic results.

To sum up, cardio exercises can be an effective way to lose belly fat, but try to avoid these mistakes if you can.

It’s okay to be imperfect at this. Afterall, to err is human. Do your best to incorporate resistance training, variety, and healthy eating – and you’ll be on your way!

How much water should I drink each day to aid in belly fat loss?

The standard accepted guideline is to drink at least 8 cups (64 ounces) of water per day for overall health.

It’s a good idea to optimize your health as much as possible – so test out drinking this amount of water.

If it works for you and your body feels great doing it, continue.

If not, adjust till you find the amount of water that feels best to your body.

Don’t be afraid to trust yourself on this.

The standard recommendation may or may not be right for you.

It is just a great starting point to experiment from.

For example, someone living in Arizona (where it is HOT in the summer) might need more water than someone living in Wisconsin or Michigan.

One thing to note though: drinking a ton of water (above and beyond what is reasonable) has not been shown to accelerate fat loss.

I’ve seen people try this and it is – quite frankly – dangerous.

The safe, effective way to reduce belly fat is to eat right, exercise, sleep, and say no to drama (aka reduce stress).

Overall, drinking enough water is important for overall health and can support weight loss efforts, but it is not a substitute for the methods mentioned above.

Workout Options (Belly Fat Workout for Dancers)

There are two workout options for belly fat in this post.

Regardless of the option you choose, please be sure to do a thorough warm up and cool down.

Here’s a good multi-purpose warm up that most people can easily do.

  • 20 sec jumping jacks
  • 20 sec squats
  • 20 sec lunges

Do twice.

For your cool down, I recommend doing your favorite gentle streches for at least 5 minutes.

Belly Fat Workout Video (Option 1):

Do you want to try a follow along belly fat workout?

Simply press play on the video below.

It’s only 5 minutes long. You’ll be done before you know it!

Workout Video: 5 Min Lower Abs Exercises | Best Lower Belly Fat Home Workout Routine

Belly Fat Workout (Option 2):

Do you want to try a self-paced belly fat workout?

I have you covered.

Follow the workout outline below.

Belly Fat Workout for Dancers: Workout Outline

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  • Belly Fat Workout for Dancers-ski jumps with low impact modification exercise
  • Belly Fat Workout for Dancers-twist jacks exercise
  • Belly Fat Workout for Dancers-shuffle pumps with modification exercise
  • Belly Fat Workout for Dancers-power hops exercise
  • Belly Fat Workout for Dancers-jumping jacks with low impact option exercise
 
Disclaimer: This or any other exercise program may result in injury. Always consult your doctor / physician before beginning this or any other workout or exercise program. By performing any of the exercises in this program or on this site, you agree to the full disclaimer and assume ALL risks of injury from doing so. Koboko Fitness is NOT responsible or liable for any injury or loss you may sustain by participating in this workout or any exercise program. Read the full disclaimer here before you begin.

Workout Instructions (1/2)

Do each exercise for 30 seconds. Take a 10 second break between each exercise.

  1. ski jumps with low impact modification
  2. twist jacks
  3. shuffle pumps with modification
  4. power hops
  5. jumping jacks with low impact option

Workout Instructions (2/2)

Once you complete all the exercises above as explained, take a 1 minute break, then repeat the exercises as follows

  1. jumping jacks with low impact option
  2. power hops
  3. shuffle pumps with modification
  4. twist jacks
  5. ski jumps with low impact modification

Once you complete this second round, congratulations! Your belly fat workout for dancers workout is complete!

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A few things to note:

  • Whenever there are 2 exercises shown side by side, one is a lower impact modification. Always go with the lower impact version if you are a beginner or have not exercised in a long time.
  • If I show an exercise that you do one leg (or arm) at a time, do the leg (or arm) shown for 15 seconds. Then do your other leg (or arm) for the remaining 15 seconds.

It’s easier for me to show you how to do it with just one arm or leg in this post. But if you’re doing my full-length follow along Premium workout videos, I always show both sides of every exercise.

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