When she’s not working with stars like Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, or Janet Jackson, Laurieann Gibson is working on her own lean physique. The Emmy-nominated director, choreographer, and creative director stresses the importance of warming up your body.
“I like to always remind my dancers about ways to avoid injury,” Gibson says. Dancers often succumb to lower-body injury because of long rehearsal hours. But with a few simple tips, her dancers (and you) can stay injury free.
“One of the basic ways to avoid injury is to always make sure to stretch and warm up your body. This will loosen up your muscles, which will help to avoid common strain injuries such as shin splints and ankle strains,” Gibson says.
Another tip for best results: Add variety to your workout routine. “I believe it’s extremely important to include some other type of fitness activity in your training, so cross training will help you to avoid injury when you are dancing,” she says. “I personally love to run outdoor fitness trails. I love the meditative value I get when out alone, challenging myself to run faster and higher.”