…aware of your body as you move through space.


Gorgeous, in every way. The photos are art, the posed dancers are art, the philosophy is beauty, the effect is immediate. Feel looser and stronger after one workout. Be inspired while you do it.

…If you take care of your body, your body will take care of you. It sounds simple, but when you look better and feel better your outlook on life improves. That’s why I believe this workout is a success — because it’s not only based on dance, it’s grounded in good health.

…I think ballet can bring something to everyone. Dance, by its very nature, by the fact that glorious bodies are moving through space, needs no translation. Ballet is a beautiful art form. And dancers are not just beautiful people, they are some of the most dedicated people I know. Ballet is pure and demands you serve something larger than yourself, whether it be beauty or art, or a combination of both. It requires discipline, taking care of yourself, taking care of your own body first. Then it allows you to give of that beauty, the beauty that you acquire by sculpting your own body all your life.

We try to reflect many of these aspects of ballet in our workout. See if by using these techniques to sculpt your outer self, you don’t find a new poise and confidence radiating from your inner self is well.

Peter Martins

Ballet Master in Chief
New York City Ballet
New York City Ballet Workout, Fifty Stretches and Exercises Anyone Can Do for a Strong, Graceful, and Sculpted Body

6 thoughts on “You want to sail through your life like a beautiful ship. book review New York City Ballet Workout, Peter Martins

  1. It seems u fully understand very much regarding this specific subject
    and that exhibits throughout this particular article,
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    a beautiful ship. book review New York City Ballet Workout, Peter Martins | Nia Simone, Author”.
    Thank you -Zachery


    1. Thank you, Zachery!

      I like your website a lot. The graphic on the What Will I Do Without You article is hilarious. (

      Thanks again for commenting on this article. You have inspired me to increase my discipline in doing these exercises so that I may sail more beautifully…

      Kind regards,



  2. This is a wonderful and very informative article. The grace and power of ballet is conveyed to the reader very clearly. A great way to exercise indeed!

    I love your blogs by the way. There is always something new and interesting to read. I’ll be adding this page to my favorites!


  3. This reminds me of the Fluidity ad. I have some of the stills on my Pinterest boards, but there is one model from the TV spots that has what I consider the perfect female body and based on the ballet movements of Fluidity, IMO. Plus I just read Dr. Hyman’s The Blood Sugar Solution where he reminds us to think of food as our medicine, and medicine as our food. I wish to look like the female counterpart to some of those Greek statues from your earlier post. Wonder if the actual models were as perfect as the artist’s renditions?


    1. The models probably had a spare tire that the artists whittled away. 🙂 Sometimes I think it would be easier to carve marble than our own bodies! The ballet has helped me the most with flexibility. I manage to do the warmup exercises regularly. They are the only stretches my body seems to like and have allowed me to keep up with my weight lifting (I was having a lot of problems with my hamstrings before).

      Thanks for checking out this review and commenting and good luck with your workouts!



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