still sweaty, still low impact, and always, always on the beat. the sibling of bounce, where would we be without sculpt?
let’s dive into why we love sculpt and why it is the perfect complement to the actions of bounce. a little story to get us started: way back when, in my collegiate cross country and track days, i sustained my first major injury due to lack of proper cross-training. in a nutshell, i fell flat on my face during a road run because I wasn’t picking up my feet enough to clear an uneven surface. back then, i hadn’t given much thought to the importance of preparing my body for movement through alternative exercises. now, i can clearly see where I went wrong. my lack of core engagement from skipping out on abdominal exercises paired with dulled reflexes from disregarding hurdle drills completely enabled my fall.
back to present day, i have come to love the rush and cardiovascular challenge of bounce, but have learned my lesson to never miss a weekly sculpt. sculpt is about so much more than lifting a weight. here at the ness, we create combinations in just the same way that we create sequences for bounce (ask any of us). the important difference to note here is that we engage different muscles in sculpt than we do in bounce. in every sculpt class, no matter the format, you will find a series of motions that will force you to focus on smaller muscle groups. as we are building a series, you are challenged to isolate different parts of the body which will in turn strengthen them & support bigger movements. this is a critical piece of cross-training for bounce.
having a better understanding of the function of smaller muscle groups through taking a sculpt class will make for a more efficient and effective performance of the body when it’s time to bounce. lastly, and probably most importantly, incorporating a sculpt class or two throughout your week enables you to have more body awareness and coordination, thus potentially preventing future injury. ultimately, with sculpt, bounce is optimized. the body is primed to let loose, go big, and feel free to move with the beat.