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  • #16
    I was a dancer and student at the School of American Ballet from childhood through age 16 (when I quit). We were encouraged to stay super slim (I was) but also chosen for body type (Balanchine liked long legs, long necks and sylph like look to his dancers) I thought the environment towards the ends of my *stay* was downright unhealthy. It fostered an unrealistic distorted body view and many gals had anorexia and or bulimia. It was rampant.
    The only time I ever did achieve that look again was when I was doing loads of cardio, yoga and not eating any dairy or any fruit (very strict paleo) but I got too thin.

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    • #17
      yoga.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Mav3rick View Post
        If you want to look like a dancer then dance. Your body will adapt based on the specific demands you place on it.
        Ain't gonna happen. People swim competitively to have that long slendor look of a swimmer. Watch an NCAA swimming event. You see all shapes and and sizes, but when you get to the finals, you only see swimmers with swimmers bodies.

        You can starve yourself and become slim. You can workout to become stronger and workout to build muscle mass. However you will never overcome your genetic profile, you will only succeed in pushing your genetics to their maximum potential.

        That is the most worthy of goals.

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        • #19
          I also think its mostly an issue of those having that type of body being the ones that 'succeed' in the event and get shown in promotional pictures like that.
          Read an article about just that, how we often draw the conclusion that its the other way around, with swimmers bodies like Vick said above me but wasn't able to find the link right now.

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          • #20
            Lots of good answers. Mine is simplest - keep on doing Primal. The kind of body you want is what Mark is aiming to produce. Read his descriptions of paleo bodies. (Or look at pictures of him.)
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            • #21
              Originally posted by Vick View Post
              Ain't gonna happen. People swim competitively to have that long slendor look of a swimmer. Watch an NCAA swimming event. You see all shapes and and sizes, but when you get to the finals, you only see swimmers with swimmers bodies.

              You can starve yourself and become slim. You can workout to become stronger and workout to build muscle mass. However you will never overcome your genetic profile, you will only succeed in pushing your genetics to their maximum potential.

              That is the most worthy of goals.
              That is basically the implied meaning. Worry about dancing and don't worry about having the body of someone else.

              Your body does respond differently to different types of stimulus however. Even if someone has a genetic predisposition to having more type 2 muscle fibers doing primarily endurance based activities will develop the type 1 fibers that are present.

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              • #22
                oooo...what are type 1 and 2 muscle fibres...? interesting....i will look that up! I was looking for some fun dance to do - to improve core, poise, grace (LOL) and rythmn (white girl can't dance - much) and confidence...plus anything like yoga will help when using bodyweight....just cause i lke variety and i prefer to learn something than just lift stuff....
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                • #23
                  Different types of exercise DO develop muscles differently.
                  For me, kettlebells lead to shorter, rounder muscle development (I have very long, tapered muscles genetically) and I love this for my butt because it gives it more shape, but I don't like it as much for my arms. I like Elizabeth Halfpapp's (from Core Fusion) arms (scroll down on link to see her): http://www.amazon.com/Exhale-Core-Fu.../dp/B001AZI236

                  If you want to develop the muscles in a *longer* manner, Core Fusion, Lotte Berk and The Bar Method (all isometric, mostly bodyweight based) are great. Core Fusion is my personal favorite. T-Tapp will also achieve this. Of course, if you have very short muscles, they're never going to be long, but you can develop them in a more lengthened way, as opposed to a very round way.
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