Just one look at Julianne Hough and it’s clear that dancing does a body good! Currently, the gorgeous dancer-turned-singer-turned-actress is gettin’ loose on the big screen, starring in the new Footloose remake out tomorrow.
To get her ready for the role, Footloose choreographer Jamal Sims worked with Hough eight hours a day, five days a week for four weeks. It didn’t take long for Sims to see how dedicated the sexy starlet was on — and off — the dance floor.
“Julianne is a fighter. She even went to the gym before our intense rehearsals,” Sims says. “She is such a hard worker and really pushes through the pain. Sometimes I would cut rehearsal short because I didn’t want her to over do it.”
Hough is known to supplement her intense dance training with workouts on the treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike, along with sculpting moves and free weights.
“She also did a lot of core work, which is very important for dancing. Using a resistance ball to train is great because you really need that core strength,” Sims advises.
Why is dancing such a great workout? “You’re using all your muscles…muscles you didn’t even know you had,” Sims laughs. “And you’re having so much fun doing it that you don’t even realize why your butt is so sore the next morning!”
Endurance training is also important for dancers like Hough to be able to withstand practicing sequences multiple times. But before you bust a move on any dance floor, just remember to stretch. “Stretching is above all the most important. Hamstring stretches are highly recommended,” Sims advises.
Here are a few dance-inspired workouts so you can (cue music) get loose, footloose and kick off those Sunday shoes — just like Hough!