Well, I wish I had a before and after picture of her. She looked amazing, easily comparable to the stunners from dancing with the stars. So I thought I would pinpoint exactly what muscles are being exercised and focused on while salsa dancing.
I am a certified pilates instructor. I have designed custom workouts to strengthen the muscles that are used in salsa dancing to give the dancers a secret edge. But through this training I know exactly what muscles are hit the most.
So we will start with the main muscle that makes it all possible, the abdominals. The abdominals are the stabilizing muscles for all salsa movements. Without them, dancers would topple over when they are spinning and performing tricks that require fast footing, especially when performed on heels (usually the case for followers). The abdominals are also the key factors in performing body isolation movements including body rolls, shoulder shakes, and lots lots more.
Another main muscle group that is worked are the muscles of the thighs, the Quadriceps and Hamstrings, the large muscle that runs down the front of the thigh is the Quadricep and the one is the back is the Hamstring. Well, since salsa dancing is done standing, these muscles activate without really trying, but it is when you start to more forward and back, side to side, and perform turns that the muscles engage and start to do their work. Getting into shines and intricate footwork will help these muscles strengthen even faster.
Salsa dancing also works and tones the muscles of your arms, creating beautifully sculpted shoulders, biceps and tri's.
It may not look like much, but holding your arms at waist level or shoulder level for hours at a time is not an easy feat. You get beautiful tones limbs in no time.
And this might be the last muscle you will be thinking about, but salsa is great for your calves as well as the tiny muscles that support your ankles. Because salsa dancing is mostly done on the balls of our feet, the calves and ankle muscles have to work extra hard to keep your legs in a straight line and support your weight.
Celebrities caught on to the slimming effects of salsa dancing a long time ago. Check these beautiful salseras below.
Wrestler Ric Flair
These dancers prove what salsa dancing can do for your body. Photo from the 2008 World Salsa Championships