What can Cirque du Soleil performers—who spend their lives dangling from the ceiling or in other daring moves (in skin-tight costumes!)—tell the rest of us about staying fit? A huge amount. We asked 28-year-old acrobat Stacey Magiera and 33-year-old dancer Caroline Sicard—two members of the newest Cirque du Soleil, VIVA Elvis!—for their top stay-fit tips.
Cirque du Soleil Stay-Fit Tip #1: Slow Down, Sister
"Do snail-paced, controlled reps," says Stacey. "You'll increase the time your muscles are working against the resistance, and speed up your results." Try 5 counts up and 5 counts down.
Cirque du Soleil Stay-Fit Tip #2: Address Aches ASAP
"If I feel tension in my back or soreness in my legs, I massage it out with a foam roller or ice the muscle immediately," says Caroline. "Letting the pain go can make you skip workouts, or worse, lead to an injury."
Cirque du Soleil Stay-Fit Tip #3: Be a Nut About Nutrition Labels
"Before I buy a snack, I always read the calorie and fat content," says Caroline. "I nix it if it's over 200 calories or has any trans-fat."
Cirque du Soleil Stay-Fit Tip #4: Nosh on This
"We perform two shows a night, so in between I fuel up with a high-energy snack," says Stacey. "I like fresh elk jerky—a dried, super-lean meat—because it's low-cal, high in protein, incredibly tasty, and won't make my belly bulge." (buy your own at thejerkyoutlet.com)
Cirque du Soleil Stay-Fit Tip #5: Use your imagination
"We're always adding new tricks, flips, and moves that make the show more fun to watch," says Stacy. "You can do the same thing with your workouts by constantly adding fresh exercises and routines."
See them in action! Go to cirquedusoleil.com to get ticket info for Stacey and Caroline's next performance in Cirque du Soleil Vegas.