November 27, 2020

How I Survived My First HIIT Workout With Puma and the NYC Ballet

When I was a kid, I always wanted to take dance — ballet to be specific. I’d dream of doing pirouettes and pliés like a graceful ballerina but didn’t have the resources (read: money) growing up to join a class. And thus, I settled for my own room and mirror turned impromptu dance studio to practice my highly untrained “pointe.”
But as the old adage goes, be careful what you wish for. Nearly two decades later, Puma allowed me to have a glimpse of my heart’s desire by taking both my first dance and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) — emphasis on the intensity — with the New York City Ballet (NYCB), itself.
Puma and the NYC ballet hosted over 500 participants on the Lincoln Center Plaza for a high-intensity dance workout.
“Our workout is a hybrid — a collaboration of ballet and core and strength training which is essential for dancers. For so long, we did all of our work in a studio and we realized that we needed more than just dance studio work in order to get strong,” explained Craig Hall, a ballet master with the NYCB and one of the event’s instructors, to Footwear News.
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