Fitness Friday: How to Train Your Toes

13 Jul

For this episode for Fitness Fridays, Kristine Warren shows us how to train our toes for pretty pointing. Kristine is a long time student (and friend!) of the Polecats, and a professional physical therapist and official PT of the Polecats. Read on and get those muscles ready for another round of pole madness!

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“Point your toes girls!”  This is something we hear from our teachers throughout all our pole classes.  Don’t you feel that sometimes no matter how hard you try, your feet just won’t make that nice arch that we all see in the pictures of our Polecats teachers?  Well, here are some stretches that may help you achieve those perfectly arched feet.

First, we need to stretch the connective tissue under our feet.  (For those interested, this is called the plantar fascia)

Why? Because walking and going on our toes during pole class tightens them.  To stretch the plantar fascia, sit down de quatro then pull your toes up and hold the stretch for about a minute.  Do this for 3-4 repetitions.


Second, we stretch the tendons and muscles on the front part of our leg. Stay in the same position and then pull your toes down. This stretch can be a little tricky. Place your hand under your arch and bend your foot towards your heel while pulling your toes down.  Hold the stretch for a minute as well. Do about 3 to 4 repetitions.

 

Another great set of tips from our beloved PT! Do these exercises everyday, and you’ll see the difference in your point in no time 🙂

 

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2 Responses to “Fitness Friday: How to Train Your Toes”

  1. Pointillism August 1, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    This is true. Have been doing this for a week and saw improvement on toes pointing.

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