Laker Girls Fitness Profiles

Laker Girls

The Laker Girls are more than just skilled dancers and icons, they're also incredibly fit. We asked each Laker Girl what her secret is to staying fit.

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Fitness Profile: Heather

How did you prepare for Laker Girls auditions this summer?
During this summer, I maintained my weekly work-out plan and added to that by jogging around my neighborhood for about 30 minutes. I also counted my daily intake of calories and did not eat past 6pm. Lastly, I took 2-3 dance classes a week to fine tune my ability to pick up choreography quickly and to strengthen my dance technique.

What other styles of dance do you do outside of Laker Girls rehearsals to maintain your skills?
I teach different styles of dance twice a week such as tap, jazz technique, lyrical and ballet, which helps keep up my dance skills. I also take lyrical and modern classes at my university and at a local dance studio.

Do you do anything outside of dance to stay fit (ie swimming, biking, etc.)?
I teach dance, which allows for a different type of workout. I love to go on morning jogs along the beach, and I have a weekly workout regimen, which consists of cardio and weight training.

Take us through your typical workout. Do you use weights, cardio, flexibility exercises? If so, please describe.
I begin with a five minute stretch at home, followed by a short jog to the gym. Three times a week, I alternate upper and lower body – with a combination of free weights and machines. Six times a week, I work on the elliptical for 20-30 minutes and do a core workout on the stability ball. I always stretch for 15 minutes to end my workout.

What do you eat to stay healthy/maintain energy?
I usually start out my day with a whole grain bagel. I eat many fruits, vegetables and nuts to maintain my metabolism throughout the day. Lastly, I try to include at least one high protein meal a day (alternating different sources).

Talk about the importance of stretching, yoga or Pilates in your workout.
The importance of stretching before my workout is to maintain the flexibility of my muscles, and to properly prepare my muscles for my workout routine. This also prevents injury. It is important to stretch after a workout so my muscles cool down properly.

How do you balance dancing vs. other fitness related activities?
On the days I am not teaching dance or taking dance class, I do my workout regimen and usually squeeze a jog or short elliptical session in daily.

Who made you aware of the importance of staying fit?
I always knew it was important to stay fit, but it wasn’t until I had many conversations with my grandma that I understood that it is not just about being fit, but healthy! When one exercises and eats healthy they are staying fit. But more importantly, expanding their lifespan and creating a better lifestyle for themselves.

What do you find a “nutritional snack” during the day? In addition, tell us about your favorite meal to eat that you find healthy for your lifestyle.
My nutritional snacks consist of peaches and almonds. My favorite meal is a homemade turkey sandwich loaded with vegetables on whole grain bread.

What advice would you give to Lakers fans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
My advice to Lakers fans is that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not just for appearance or cosmetic purposes. I feel it is more important for the longevity of your life and a better lifestyle!

Do you have any everyday, helpful, healthy tips for any of the Lakers Fans?
My healthy tip is to always make time for a healthy breakfast to jumpstart your metabolism! Also, try to squeeze in at least 30 minutes of exercise daily.


Fitness Profile: Brittney

How did you prepare for Laker Girls auditions this summer?

I took classes from choreographers, from whom I had never taken classes, so that I could train myself to pick up diverse styles quickly. I kept up on my cardio by running two miles a day, at least four days a week. And, I made sure to eat in moderation.

What other styles of dance do you do outside of Laker Girls rehearsals to maintain your skills?

I love learning lyrical/contemporary routines. The movement feels so natural and free to me.

Do you do anything outside of dance to stay fit (ie swimming, biking, etc.)?

I enjoy running on the beach. The sand increases my resistance, but I get to enjoy the scenery. It takes my mind off the fact that I am working so hard!

Take us through your typical workout. Do you use weights, cardio, flexibility exercises? If so, please describe.

I enjoy Go-Lates and Tae-Bo classes at the gym. Having a person walk me through my workout helps with motivation! I’ll work through about twenty minutes of cardio on the treadmill and move on to toning individual muscle groups. I like to finish off with my own personalized stretch routine.

What do you eat to stay healthy/maintain energy?

My body works best when I eat in moderation. I try not to cut food groups out of my diet, which means I prefer to limit my intake of certain foods.

Talk about the importance of stretching, yoga or Pilates in your workout.

Pilates teaches how to utilize muscle groups in your core that can otherwise be hard to activate. Stretching promotes a lean and lengthy quality to the muscles, which ultimately increases flexibility and agility. These are great assets for anyone trying to maintain athleticism.

How do you balance dancing vs. other fitness related activities?

Though dance is my first love, I would not have the strength of motion I’ve gained without other modes of exercise. It’s great to be well-rounded in terms of physical ability.

Who made you aware of the importance of staying fit?

I’ve always been fairly self-aware. My mom and dad were always in great shape when I was growing up, so I guess that they made me aware of it.

What do you find a “nutritional snack” during the day? In addition, tell us about your favorite meal to eat that you find healthy for your lifestyle.

I’m a huge fan of fish! Tuna is great with assorted fruits. I try to include a teaspoon of green superfood with one meal everyday.

What advice would you give to Lakers fans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

I believe we have the ability to move and should take full advantage of it! Our body is a gift – take care of it the best you can!

Do you have any everyday, helpful, healthy tips for any of the Lakers Fans?

Try to eat your salad last in a meal – I hear it’s good for digestion!


 

Fitness Profile: Katie

How did you prepare for Laker Girls auditions this summer?

Before auditions, I tried to eat as healthy as possible along with a daily workout regimen. Whether it be working out at the gym or walking/running with my dogs, I tried to do cardio everyday. Also, I am a huge advocate of eating “green” (meaning a lot of vegetables!)

What other styles of dance do you do outside of Laker Girls rehearsals to maintain your skills?

I love taking ballet classes. When I was little, I originally wanted to become a ballerina. I believe that ballet is so vital to a dancer’s career and is the foundation of a dancer’s technique ability. Leaving ballet class, I always feel so centered and more aware of my own body. It is truly one of the most difficult styles of dance but also one of the most rewarding.

Do you do anything outside of dance to stay fit (ie swimming, biking, etc.)?

I love the outdoors so I try to incorporate nature into a lot of my workouts. I love hiking and I would much rather run outside than on a treadmill. When hiking, I love listening to my ipod. I believe that the outdoors can not only help you stay physically fit, but also mentally fit. I consider this a type of meditation for me. Something about being surrounded by nature really clears my head and makes me appreciate the outdoors, along with life itself.

Take us through your typical workout. Do you use weights, cardio, flexibility exercises? If so, please describe.

When I workout at the gym, I usually start out with 30-40 minutes of cardio. I then use weights to tone different parts of my body through strength training methods. As a whole, my workout consists anywhere from an hour and fifteen minutes to an hour and a half. When I am finished, I stretch for 15 minutes.

What do you eat to stay healthy/maintain energy?

A lot of vegetables and protein (such as fish and chicken). Veggies are a great source of vitamins while allowing my body to stay fit without consuming unhealthy calories/fat.

Talk about the importance of stretching, yoga or Pilates in your workout.

I find stretching and Pilates extremely helpful and beneficial. After I workout, I make myself stretch, so I stay flexible and so I feel limber throughout my day. It is extremely important to stretch.

How do you balance dancing vs. other fitness related activities?

I workout more than I dance. I have a gym membership, which allows me to keep fit and strengthen different muscles than I would while dancing. As I mentioned before, I love to hike and run outdoors on a daily basis while I only dance a few times a week.

Who made you aware of the importance of staying fit?

My mother. She is a huge advocate of going to the gym or finding some other way to stay fit. As I’m getting older, I believe working out is more of a “must” than when I was 18. I actually enjoy going to the gym with my mom because she teaches me things that I am unaware of that will help me improve my body. Thanks mom!

What do you find a “nutritional snack” during the day? In addition, tell us about your favorite meal to eat that you find healthy for your lifestyle.

I love spinach as a daily “nutritional snack.” Vegetables and especially spinach are enriched with so many vitamins and nutrients along with Iron. Spinach always gives me a boost of energy! To maintain a healthy lifestyle, I can never turn down salmon. Salmon tastes so delicious and it is filled with healthy fats like Omega 3.

What advice would you give to Lakers fans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

It is extremely vital that people maintain a healthy lifestyle because your energy level, social skills and work ethic depend on it! Eating right and working out changes not only your physical appearance, but your mental capacity.

Do you have any everyday, helpful, healthy tips for any of the Lakers Fans?

Make working out a game! I can get bored on the elliptical or running on the treadmill so I try to play a game with myself to keep myself entertained. For example, I will listen to two songs on my Ipod and then check the timer on the treadmill. This helps me enjoy the song I listened to and make the time go by faster. Also, try working out outdoors. There are so many things to keep looking at and you can also set a goal by running to a certain place. Working out is essential for a healthy life so set yourself a goal today!


 

Fitness Profile: Suzanne

How did you prepare for Laker Girls auditions this summer?
This summer to prepare for Laker Girls auditions, I went to the gym daily to lift weights and take part in cardio training. I also focused on what I ate. I tried to maintain a healthy diet. Along with working out, I also took dance classes to work on my technique.

What other styles of dance do you do outside of Laker Girls rehearsals to maintain your skills?
I like to take dance classes at a variety of dance studios. I usually take classes such as jazz, hip hop, jazz funk, contemporary, and ballet.

Do you do anything outside of dance to stay fit (ie swimming, biking, etc.)?
Outside of taking dance classes, I enjoy running and swimming to stay fit. I also love going to the gym and taking “step classes.”

Take us through your typical workout. Do you use weights, cardio, flexibility exercises? If so, please describe.
When I go to the gym to workout, I usually start off doing a little cardio to get my heart rate up. After that, I move on to light weights. Depending on what day of the week it is, I focus on either upper or lower body. After I’m done with weights, I finish off by doing a cardio and ab workout.

What do you eat to stay healthy/maintain energy?
To stay healthy, I try to stay away from “fatty” foods. I like to eat foods like chicken, fruits, and vegetables and drink a lot of water.

Talk about the importance of stretching, yoga or Pilates in your workout.
Since I dance on a regular basis, stretching and maintaining flexibility is extremely important to me. Yoga and Pilates are also a great way to work on flexibility, and elongate your muscles.

How do you balance dancing vs. other fitness related activities?
There are some days where I take dance classes all day, so I like to substitute other days for the gym. No matter what the day, I always do some sort of an abdominal workout!

Who made you aware of the importance of staying fit?
Throughout my life, I’ve always been active, but one person who really made me aware of the importance of staying fit was my old trainer in Ohio. This trainer really taught me the importance of not only working out, but also maintaining a healthy diet. My favorite nutritional snack during the day is any kind of fruit…especially strawberries! My favorite meal to eat is grilled chicken, salad, and asparagus.

What do you find a “nutritional snack” during the day? In addition, tell us about your favorite meal to eat that you find healthy for your lifestyle.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle not only helps one look great, but also feel great about yourself. It also helps one to have more energy throughout the day!

What advice would you give to Lakers fans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
I think maintaining a healthy lifestyle just makes you feel better and confident about yourself. What’s better than that?

Do you have any everyday, helpful, healthy tips for any of the Lakers Fans?
My healthy tip for Lakers fans is whenever you can, take the stairs instead of the elevator.







Fitness Profile: Jessica

How did you prepare for Laker Girls auditions this summer?

In order to prepare for the Laker Girls auditions, I began making a few lifestyle changes several months back. I began to run more, take more dance classes and eat properly. I made sure to impose these changes months in advance so I was getting into shape in a healthy manner, rather than “shocking” my body with crash dieting.

What other styles of dance do you do outside of Laker Girls rehearsals to maintain your skills?
I went to college for dance where I trained in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, theatre dance, and pas se deux. On a weekly basis, I can be found taking ballet, jazz and stretch classes in local studios.

Do you do anything outside of dance to stay fit (ie swimming, biking, etc.)?
To stay fit, besides dancing, I enjoy going to the gym. I also love to swim and golf!

Take us through your typical workout. Do you use weights, cardio, flexibility exercises? If so, please describe.
During a typical work out, I start with cardio. I usually run between 3 and 5 miles. After that, I stretch for a good 15 minutes to work on my flexibility. After that, I do about 10 minutes of core training – be it crunches, planks or twists. Every other day, I follow all of this up by working with some weight machines.

What do you eat to stay healthy/maintain energy?
I think that different diets work for everyone. For me, “all things in moderation” is the ideal method. I do not cut out carbs only because I am very active and need the energy derived from complex and “good” carbs. I also make sure to get lots of green vegetables and protein.

Talk about the importance of stretching, yoga or Pilates in your workout.
Stretching, yoga and Pilates are great for making muscles strong without adding too much bulk. These are great ways to tone and elongate muscles. Yoga and stretching are also great for breathing and circulation.

How do you balance dancing vs. other fitness related activities?
I probably do about an equal amount of each. Dance classes and rehearsals are obviously best for staying in “dance shape.” When dancing, all of your muscles work together, unlike weight lifting or running. So, it is very important for dancers to balance the two.

Who made you aware of the importance of staying fit?
My dance teachers in college taught me the importance of staying fit. We were given several health and wellness classes to educate us about this as well.

What do you find a “nutritional snack” during the day? In addition, tell us about your favorite meal to eat that you find healthy for your lifestyle.
Some of the nutritional snacks I enjoy are carrot sticks, pretzels, and fruit (with cottage cheese). My favorite meal of the day is breakfast! More often than not, I make an egg white omelet with onions, peppers and lots of hot sauce! The spicier the better!

What advice would you give to Lakers fans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
Working out and eating well will not only keep you healthy, but it will improve your life. It will increase your energy, mood and all around make you feel great!

Do you have any everyday, helpful, healthy tips for any of the Lakers Fans?
Rather than eating fast food, try packing a lunch for yourself. It’s cheaper and healthier! Also, you will most likely feel better.




Fitness Profile: Raquel

How did you prepare for Laker Girls auditions this summer?
I prepared for the Laker Girls auditions by taking a variety of dance classes, such as jazz, ballet, and hip hop. In addition to class, I ran everyday at my local park. I maintained a healthy diet, cutting out all carbs and stuck to protein, fruits, and veggies.

What other styles of dance do you do outside of Laker Girls rehearsals to maintain your skills?
I have a special place in my heart for hip hop. However, I have dabbled into all styles of dance such as ballroom, Latin, swing and even Afro Caribbean. All these different styles of dance helps keep me disciplined and also helps me remember choreography.

Do you do anything outside of dance to stay fit (ie swimming, biking, etc.)?
I really enjoy running, yoga, Pilates and anything that keeps my body moving. I sometimes play tennis, even though I am not really great at it! I feel I am always up for a challenge – and I like to try activities that are new.

Take us through your typical workout. Do you use weights, cardio, flexibility exercises? If so, please describe.
Well, the minute I wake up I do 100 stomach crunches. After that, I jump on the treadmill and do 30 minute intervals. I love to stretch, so I will stretch for about 30 minutes, as well. I then end with weight training.

What do you eat to stay healthy/maintain energy?
For breakfast, I drink green tea and eat a fruit salad with yogurt. Lunch tends to be my biggest meal. I love a good turkey and cranberry sandwich on 12-grain bread. My favorite snacks are raw veggies with hummus, almonds, and avocados. For dinner, I enjoy grilled chicken with baby spinach. In addition, I drink lots of water throughout the day (at least 50 oz)!

Talk about the importance of stretching, yoga or Pilates in your workout.
I cannot stress how important stretching is!! Without stretching, your body is not fully able to workout and perform to the best of its ability. Stretching will also help prevent possible injuries.

How do you balance dancing vs. other fitness related activities?
Well, because dance is such a big part of my life, it is very easy for me to balance and prioritize my other activities (such as work, school, decorating my house).

Who made you aware of the importance of staying fit?
My mother! She is always telling me about new healthy recipes and new workout tips! She is my inspiration and has always taught me the important of staying fit and healthy.

What do you find a “nutritional snack” during the day? In addition, tell us about your favorite meal to eat that you find healthy for your lifestyle.
I have a lot! I love to eat…almonds, flaxseed crackers, veggies, hummus, avocados, the list goes on! My favorite meal is Baja Fiesta salad with a ginger-papaya vinaigrette.

What advice would you give to Lakers fans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
A healthy lifestyle is a happy life. I feel it will give you more energy, and maybe less likely to get sick

Do you have any everyday, helpful, healthy tips for any of the Lakers Fans?
Everything in moderation!


Fitness Profile: Angel


How did you prepare for Laker Girls auditions this summer?

I worked out about 4-6 times a week and took a lot of dance classes. I also ran around my neighborhood to keep my stamina

What other styles of dance do you do outside of Laker Girls rehearsals to maintain your skills?
I take jazz, tap, ballet/pointe, modern, hip hop and lyrical classes about 2-3 times a week.

Do you do anything outside of dance to stay fit (ie swimming, biking, etc.)?

I absolutely love to go hiking with my friends. I also like to ride bikes on the beach. Both give me a great workout and I enjoy the outdoor scenery.

Take us through your typical workout. Do you use weights, cardio, flexibility exercises? If so, please describe.

First, I always stretch to loosen up my body/muscles. Then, I will run on the treadmill for 20 minutes. After that, I do crunches for about 10-15 minutes using weights. In addition, I do exercises to keep my “gluteus maximus” firm. After my workout, I end up in the sauna for 5 minutes to sweat out all the toxins in my body.

What do you eat to stay healthy/maintain energy?
I feel that eating smaller portions about 3-4 times a day helps me keep the energy I need. Also taking my daily vitamins gives me the endurance to stay away from heavily caffeinated drinks.

Talk about the importance of stretching, yoga or Pilates in your workout.
Stretching is the most important thing to do before any activity or sport. One can really do damage to one’s body and muscles if stretching is not implemented into a workout.

How do you balance dancing vs. other fitness related activities?
It’s just a matter of time management. If I go to dance class one day, I’ll try to go to the gym the next day.

Who made you aware of the importance of staying fit?
My parents! They always made sure I stayed active throughout the day with fun activities that we all could take part in!

What do you find a “nutritional snack” during the day? In addition, tell us about your favorite meal to eat that you find healthy for your lifestyle.
I love fresh fruit from the farmer’s market. I go there every Sunday morning to get the juiciest and freshest fruits.

What advice would you give to Lakers fans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
I think maintaining a healthy lifestyle just makes you feel better and confident about yourself. What’s better than that?

Do you have any everyday, helpful, healthy tips for any of the Lakers Fans?
Have fun in all your endeavors and drink lots of water! Lots!


Fitness Profile: Richelle

How did you prepare for Laker Girls auditions this summer? I attended yoga classes 2-3 times a week, along with Pilates classes once a week. I continued to work out with weights at my local gym (about 3 times per week). My workouts at the gym, besides weight training, also included some cardio. Oh yeah, and I guess I could say I laid out at the beach and my backyard to work on my tan!

What other styles of dance do you do outside of Laker Girls rehearsals to maintain your skills? I enjoy ballroom dancing, particularly International Latin (Samba, Cha Cha, Rhumba, Paso doble, and jive). Because I dance with shoes that have a slight heel or even a 11/2 inch heel, I get a great leg workout and I’ve got to stay balanced on my heels so my core is constantly working.

Do you do anything outside of dance to stay fit (ie swimming, biking, etc.)? I eat well and usually in moderation. I go to the gym 3-4 times a week: free weights, weight machines, elliptical, Stairmaster, treadmill and sauna. If you’re someone who does not know what to do when you’re in the gym, then kick boxing, yoga, cycling and Pilates classes are all great for any level. Also, having an instructor gets you motivated.

Take us through your typical workout. Do you use weights, cardio, flexibility exercises? If so, please describe. It’s important to not “over work” any particular muscle/ body part! Therefore, I keep up with a routine. For example, Monday I may work on chest and triceps. Tuesday, I will do my back and biceps or just take a Pilates/yoga class. Wednesday, I can do back and biceps if I hadn’t on Tuesday or I can move onto legs and shoulders. Thursday, I’ll probably take a yoga/Pilates class. Before each weight training, I warm up with 10 minutes of cardio to help my body burn more fat once I am into my actual workout. For myself, I tend to only work out my abs every other day. An important side note – time to rest is good for you too!

What do you eat to stay healthy/maintain energy? I recently started a morning smoothie with protein powder. A big breakfast is always ideal to keep your metabolism going! Snacking on greens is healthy (anything green – vegetables of course!) Chicken or salmon with brown rice or a salad that’s full of lots of different colors is good. Personally, I’m working on drinking more water, but proud to say soda has not been a part of my eating habits for almost four years now.

Talk about the importance of stretching, yoga or Pilates in your workout. I enjoy Pilates and yoga. They are different styles of classes, but both have the same goal. Both classes tend to workout your entire body and combine flexibility with strength training. My core and triceps have gotten a lot stronger since attending these classes.

How do you balance dancing vs. other fitness related activities? With Laker Girls, I practice Mondays and Wednesdays, so I always try to hit the gym on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. I always schedule days to rest my body though!

Who made you aware of the importance of staying fit? Myself, I suppose. I am very much into living a healthy lifestyle. But, I do have to give a lot of my “work out” knowledge to my boyfriend. He has showed me proper positions for exercise and basically a variety of exercises to always switch up my workouts.

What do you find a “nutritional snack” during the day? In addition, tell us about your favorite meal to eat that you find healthy for your lifestyle. My favorite snacks are: almonds, sugar snap peas, Yoplait light yogurt and fruit. My favorite meal to eat has to be a sweet bourbon salmon with a sweet potato!

What advice would you give to Lakers fans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Keep active Lakers fans! 30 minutes a day if you can. Also, pay attention to what you are actually putting into your body. Try to stop eating before you over stuff your stomach, but eat when you’re hungry! If you’re craving chocolate, have it! Don’t deprive yourself – just keep it all in good/ healthy moderation.

Do you have any everyday, helpful, healthy tips for any of the Lakers Fans? Oh yes, sun block! I know it’s something I forget to take the time to do, but I’m trying! Apply sun block, especially on your face before you expose yourself to the sun. Drink lots of water and if you have to have a soda, keep it to one a day. Try taking fish oils (omega 3) – they’re amazing! Now, everyone has some sort of stress in their life, so don’t forget to stop….take a deep breath, and have a moment to yourself. “Dwelling on negativity simply contributes to its power.” Be happy Lakers fans!


Fitness Profile: Bria

How did you prepare for Laker Girls auditions this summer? I worked out at the sand dunes and went running at a local park. I also took dance classes (ballet, jazz, modern, and hip-hop) like I’d regularly do to stay in shape. I do this so I can practice different styles of dance too.

What other styles of dance do you do outside of Laker Girls rehearsals to maintain your skills? I train in ballet, modern, and tap – along with the Laker Girl styles of jazz and hip-hop. I have also recently learned Latin dance styles, including Samba, Paso Doble, and Merengue. In addition, I have learned some Disco moves; it is a challenging style.

Do you do anything outside of dance to stay fit (ie swimming, biking, etc.)? I do water workouts in the swimming pool, such as jogging and swimming laps. I also do Pilates (mostly mat) and some work on the reformer. Dance Fitness (“Xtreme”) workout DVD’s are fun and incorporate dance styles with simple aerobic movements to give a complex workout.

Take us through your typical workout. Do you use weights, cardio, flexibility exercises? If so, please describe. I begin by working on my flexibility by stretching and warming up my body to prepare for a workout. I do a lot of cardio by running on a treadmill and elliptical machine. I jump rope to get my heart rate up as well. To increase flexibility, I always cool down and stretch at the end of a workout!

What do you eat to stay healthy/maintain energy? I eat fruits and vegetables, such as bananas, strawberries, apples, carrots, broccoli and other mixed veggies. I snack on edamame and eat pasta for energy before I am active (i.e. dancing). If you are a coffee person, ordering “skinny” drinks is much healthier as they contain fewer calories.

Talk about the importance of stretching, yoga or Pilates in your workout. Pilates is important due to the fact that it strengthens, elongates, stretches and stabilizes your body all at the same time. You can choose from mat exercises (which increase flexibility of the spine and hip) or do exercises on the reformer, which can target arms, legs, wrists, ankles, and more). Pilates overall can make your entire body leaner and stronger.

How do you balance dancing vs. other fitness related activities? Dancing is so much a part of my life that I just take the time to practice my craft and in my free time I fit in time to work out in other ways. On weekends, I sometimes go hiking with friends. I may attend dance classes every other day and in-between swim, run or do aerobics.

Who made you aware of the importance of staying fit? My parents played a huge role in the importance of staying fit. My mother was a dancer and cheerleader. My father was a track and field coach, and now he is a personal trainer. My mom always kept me active from a young age. I was either participating in dance or sports. So from that time on, I feel I had to focus on my health and fitness.

What do you find a “nutritional snack” during the day? In addition, tell us about your favorite meal to eat that you find healthy for your lifestyle. Fruit bowls are always refreshing to snack on during the day. Also, wheat thins, granola bars and protein bars are great energizing snacks. Smoothies and yogurt are sweeter “nutritional snacks” I enjoy. My favorite meal is a grilled chicken sandwich, but instead of bread, two pieces of lettuce on the side with a chipotle ranch sauce.

What advice would you give to Lakers fans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle? We hear all the time how important your health is, but when you really take the time to change bad eating/exercise habits, it does pay off. Having a healthier lifestyle is also beneficial to others because it means you have more energy, which allows you to be active with your family and friends.

Do you have any everyday, helpful, healthy tips for any of the Lakers Fans? You can take the stairs at times instead of using the elevator! When you want fried chicken, you can go for grilled instead! When cheering for the Lakers, jump up to celebrate when they score (like us Laker Girls do!)


Fitness Profile: Jennifer

How did you prepare for Laker Girls auditions this summer? I prepared for Laker Girl auditions this summer by taking dance and Pilates classes regularly. I also went to the gym to do cardio and weights – at least three times a week in addition to dance and Pilates.

What other styles of dance do you do outside of Laker Girls rehearsals to maintain your skills? I usually take jazz and ballet classes to maintain my technique. I’ve always loved ballet and came from a ballet intensive dance studio so it’s something I try not to lose. I also like jazz funk because it’s girly and fun to do.

Do you do anything outside of dance to stay fit (ie swimming, biking, etc.)? I really like staying active through outdoor activities. Sometimes I go hiking at Runyon Canyon here in LA. It’s a really good workout and there are beautiful views. I also enjoy riding my beach cruiser at Venice Beach. There are always interesting sights and sounds, such as artists and drummers. When I’m feeling ambitious I also like surfing, but I’m really bad at it which probably makes it an even better workout because I am struggling the whole time!

Take us through your typical workout. Do you use weights, cardio, flexibility exercises? If so, please describe. If I’m at the gym, I always start with cardio on either the treadmill, elliptical or Stairmaster (from 20 min. - 40 min.). Then, I’ll stretch for at least 10 minutes when I’m warm to maintain my flexibility. When I use free weights I do variations of lunges, bicep curls, etc. I also try different poses/exercises I see in fitness magazines so I don’t get bored with the same routine.

What do you eat to stay healthy/maintain energy? I love Greek yogurt with fruit. It is really healthy and tastes like dessert to me! I also really like eggs and fresh vegetables.

Talk about the importance of stretching, yoga or Pilates in your workout. Stretching is probably the most important thing for a dancer to do to maintain flexibility and prevent injury. I’ve also started doing Pilates regularly and have noticed a big difference in my core strength which has definitely helped my turns.

How do you balance dancing vs. other fitness related activities? I try to take dance classes as much as possible to maintain my technique and stay up to date with different dance styles. But, working out at the gym is important to me as well in terms of building stamina and staying fit on a daily basis.

Who made you aware of the importance of staying fit? Myself! I noticed when I went away to college that a healthy diet and regular exercise has a drastic impact on how I felt physically and mentally. I started educating myself on healthy alternatives to some of the other goodies offered in the dorms.

What do you find a “nutritional snack” during the day? In addition, tell us about your favorite meal to eat that you find healthy for your lifestyle. Trail mix is a great nutritional snack for me because it gives me energy and keeps me full. Sushi is my favorite meal and really healthy as well, especially when compared to many other restaurant foods. I usually get spicy yellowtail sashimi and rainbow rolls.

What advice would you give to Lakers fans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one of the most important things you can do because it can really increase your productivity and help with maintaining a positive mindset.

Do you have any everyday, helpful, healthy tips for any of the Lakers Fans? Try to incorporate physical activities into your daily tasks, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator (if it’s not too many floors!) You can also take a further parking spot, instead of the one closest to your destination.


Fitness Profile: Erica W.

How did you prepare for Laker Girls auditions this summer? I alternated my exercise activities between dancing and going to the gym. At the gym, I would mainly focus on cardio and resistance training. In addition, I recently became a big fan of Pilates. When I didn’t work out, I squeezed in as many dance classes as I could! I did this to make sure I was prepared for anything that might be thrown at me at auditions, as well as feel on top of my game.

What other styles of dance do you do outside of Laker Girls rehearsals to maintain your skills? I really enjoy taking a contemporary dance class. It forces you to get out of your comfort zone so when you come back to the “Laker Girl style,” you feel really great about the work you are doing. I think that by taking contemporary dance classes, you are only enhancing your dance abilities as a Laker Girl.

Do you do anything outside of dance to stay fit (ie swimming, biking, etc.)? I like swimming because it doesn’t feel like a workout and helps my joints feel great. Yoga and Pilates are very beneficial as well!

Take us through your typical workout. Do you use weights, cardio, flexibility exercises? If so, please describe. I’ll start my workout with some simple stretches just to get the blood flowing. I like to do 10 – 15 minute intervals starting with the stair climber, then the elliptical and finish on the treadmill, alternating between walking and running. After that, I’ll do some free weights for my arms and use some of the other machines for circuit training. I usually finish with an intense abs workout, followed by more stretching to prevent any soreness.

What do you eat to stay healthy/maintain energy? Everyone knows to stay away from too many complex carbs, fast food and sodas. I usually eat several small meals a day – That way, I won’t be starving and eat everything in sight! However, I really believe that eating everything in moderation is key!

Talk about the importance of stretching, yoga or Pilates in your workout. Stretching is extremely important as a dancer because it obviously helps with flexibility. With age, flexibility will decline. A lot of times with exercises (like running) muscles can seem very tight. Stretching, or doing a workout that incorporates stretching (like yoga and Pilates), will keep your flexibility at a high level.

How do you balance dancing vs. other fitness related activities? I like to keep alternating between the two. Each gives a different sort of workout and it keeps me from getting bored.

Who made you aware of the importance of staying fit? Probably myself. It’s scary when you see your body changing! I want to do everything I can to stay healthy in this profession!

What do you find a “nutritional snack” during the day? In addition, tell us about your favorite meal to eat that you find healthy for your lifestyle. I feel you can never go wrong snacking on fruits and nuts. My favorite meal that I find healthy for my lifestyle is a mixed green salad topped with lots of chicken and grape tomatoes. Grape tomatoes are also an amazing snack! I eat them all the time!

What advice would you give to Lakers fans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Not only will working out and eating right make you look better, but it will also make you feel better. Taking pride in your health will make you feel better in all areas of your life.

Do you have any everyday, helpful, healthy tips for any of the Lakers Fans? Try to stick with only eating carbs in the morning or afternoon. After dark it’s all about protein and veggies! You’ll notice you feel better the next day if you don’t go to sleep on a tummy full of bread or pasta.


Fitness Profile: Octavia

How did you prepare for Laker Girls auditions this summer? Preparing for auditions is both mental and physical. I ran everyday and stayed hydrated. Maintaining a healthy diet also helped me stay in shape.

What other styles of dance do you do outside of Laker Girls rehearsals to maintain your skills? It’s important to be versatile, so although I take a lot of jazz and hip hop classes, I love to study various styles of dance

Do you do anything outside of dance to stay fit (ie swimming, biking, etc.)? I love to swim because it is a full body workout with a great amount of cardio. I also like to take yoga and Pilates classes.

Take us through your typical workout. Do you use weights, cardio, flexibility exercises? If so, please describe. I usually start with a two mile interval run, then three miles on the bike. I move into my core workout starting with four sets of 20 on the exercise ball, three sets of 10 on the machine. I spend 10 minutes strengthening my lower back. Afterwards, I do a 20 minute stretch to maintain flexibility.

What do you eat to stay healthy/maintain energy? I eat six times a day, and it usually consists of oatmeal, fruit, veggies, baked chips, chicken, turkey, and pasta.

Talk about the importance of stretching, yoga or Pilates in your workout. Stretching is very important because it minimizes the chance of injuries and maintains flexibility.

How do you balance dancing vs. other fitness related activities? The days I’m not dancing for longer than three hours, I take a yoga cloass or go to the gym for a good workout.

Who made you aware of the importance of staying fit? My college dance coach made us aware that staying fit will not only make everyday life activities easier, it will also make dance and performance more enjoyable.

What do you find a “nutritional snack” during the day? In addition, tell us about your favorite meal to eat that you find healthy for your lifestyle. I love to eat apples or celery with peanut butter. My favorite meal to eat is a chicken Caesar salad with a big bowl of fresh fruit.

What advice would you give to Lakers fans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Staying healthy gives everyone more energy throughout the day. The more energy one has, the more one can enjoy life to the fullest.

Do you have any everyday, helpful, healthy tips for any of the Lakers Fans? Squeeze at least 30 minutes of exercise into your daily routine. Take vitamins, and try to just have one “cheat day.”


Fitness Profile: Jensen

How did you prepare for Laker Girls auditions this summer? This summer, I kept up with my standard exercise routine consisting of cardio, weight training, and stretching. I took dance classes to upkeep my technique and went hiking. I cut out “bad food” from my diet and made sure to get a lot of sleep so I could be fully rested and have lots of energy.

What other styles of dance do you do outside of Laker Girls rehearsals to maintain your skills? Outside of Laker Girl rehearsals, I take both contemporary and modern jazz classes. I also take fitness classes at my gym. It’s important to maintain my technique throughout the entire season, even though we are practicing and performing regularly.

Do you do anything outside of dance to stay fit (ie swimming, biking, etc.)? To stay fit, I like to run and workout at the gym. My cable also has fitness videos on demand, which I enjoy doing every now and then. I make sure I engage in cardiovascular exercises and activities to keep up my stamina. In addition, I train with weights and enjoy yoga and Pilates.

Take us through your typical workout. Do you use weights, cardio, flexibility exercises? If so, please describe. First, I start with 30-45 minutes of cardio on the treadmill, elliptical, and bike. Then, I’ll take a few minutes to stretch because my muscles are warmed up. After that, I use weights to target my problem areas. I also like to use my own body weight as resistance instead of using weights. The end of my workout includes stretching and slow breathing before my muscles get cold. That way, I’m not as sore afterward.

What do you eat to stay healthy/maintain energy? I keep most of my carbs whole grain and try to snack healthy instead of grabbing a bag of chips. Fruits and vegetables are the perfect snack because they are quick and easy, and I can take them with me “on the go.” I love to eat eggs for breakfast because they give me a boost of energy to start off my day. I love turkey sandwiches, too. I feel my body often tells me when I’m lacking something in my diet. Always listen to your body! I’ve also recently been working on eating for nutritional value, rather than pleasure.

Talk about the importance of stretching, yoga or Pilates in your workout. Stretching, yoga, and pilates are key in a workout. Even on the days that one does not workout, these are important. Not only do these increase your flexibility, but they also help develop long, lean muscles (which is especially good for me being a dancer). Stretching after a workout will reduce stiffness and soreness you could experience afterward.

How do you balance dancing vs. other fitness related activities? I work out in the gym more often than I dance. I get the majority of my dance activity through rehearsals because of our busy schedules. I have a workout facility at my apartment complex, which makes it easy and convenient to workout right at home! However, I still keep up my dancing outside of rehearsals to maintain my skill and continue training and learning.

Who made you aware of the importance of staying fit? Growing up as a dancer, being fit came very natural. It wasn’t until the last couple years, when I stopped dancing competitively, that I became aware of the importance of staying fit! My boyfriend was a personal trainer and showed me better ways to live a healthy lifestyle (through exercising regularly and eating better). It has really made a great impact on me. Being healthy is something I know I will continue to carry out my entire life.

What do you find a “nutritional snack” during the day? In addition, tell us about your favorite meal to eat that you find healthy for your lifestyle. I love to make my own trail mix with dried berries, seeds, and nuts. It keeps my energy level up, especially when I have a busy day. Also, packing fruits and vegetables in my gym bag is easy and healthy. I love yogurt, applesauce, and granola bars, as snacks too! They give me energy if I’m not going to dance or workout. My favorite meal that I find healthy for my lifestyle is salmon with rice and vegetables. I also love grilled chicken and whole grain pasta!

What advice would you give to Lakers fans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will not only benefit you now, but it can be continued throughout your entire life. You gain energy and help prevent future problems or diseases. A healthy lifestyle is more than just working out, too. It’s eating right, exercising, and stimulating your brain. All of these factors will help you throughout your life.

Do you have any everyday, helpful, healthy tips for any of the Lakers Fans? Above everything else, I recommend drinking lots of water! Water is the best hydrator for our bodies. It’s easy to carry a refillable water bottle with you during the day. Also, try to keep a positive outlook on life because it affects every aspect of your day : )


Fitness Profile: Erin

How did you prepare for Laker Girls auditions this summer? My preparation for Lakers Girls auditions consisted of lots of running, water, and fruits and veggies. I also attended many dance classes to prepare my brain to be able to pick up choreography quickly.

What other styles of dance do you do outside of Laker Girls rehearsals to maintain your skills? I enjoy taking beginner’s ballet to remind my body of the correct posture and positioning of a dancer. I also take hip-hop to allow myself to get funky! However, contemporary jazz and lyrical will always be my favorites.

Do you do anything outside of dance to stay fit (ie swimming, biking, etc.)? I run 2-3 miles daily and enjoy the outdoors for some fun in the sun. I recently invested in a tennis racket and am trying to look like the next Serena Williams!

Take us through your typical workout. Do you use weights, cardio, flexibility exercises? If so, please describe. I run outside to avoid letting my workout become too monotonous. I then do a variety of sit-ups and push-ups. I am “old fashioned” and rather resourceful in that way!

What do you eat to stay healthy/maintain energy? I love my fruits and vegetables and also mixed nuts!

Talk about the importance of stretching, yoga or Pilates in your workout. Pilates is amazing! It works your body from the inside out so it really helps to strengthen your core. Stretching is important for anyone in order to keep your muscles limber and your body agile.

How do you balance dancing vs. other fitness related activities? Dancing is my own personal outlet so I take classes to relieve stress. To me, dancing is the greatest feeling in the world. I make other activities fun by swimming, biking or playing tennis with friends and family as a social activity.

Who made you aware of the importance of staying fit? I think I made myself aware of the importance of staying fit. If I feel uncomfortable with the shape I am in, I know what I need to do to feel better. Everybody is different – what works for others may not work for me, and vice versa.

What do you find a “nutritional snack” during the day? In addition, tell us about your favorite meal to eat that you find healthy for your lifestyle. I keep apples, carrots and other fruits/veggies accessible when I am on the “go.” My favorite meal that fits my lifestyle is grilled salmon with some sauteiÌed spinach. I may even add some pineapple garnish…yum!

What advice would you give to Lakers fans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Being active is healthy for both mind and body. It helps one think clearly, feel energized, and accomplished. It may even help create more activities for family and friends! Find an activity you enjoy and stick with it!

Do you have any everyday, helpful, healthy tips for any of the Lakers Fans? Drink lots of water and soak up plenty of Vitamin D from the sun – that is what I do, and I feel it will make you happy!


Fitness Profile: Erica D

How did you prepare for Laker Girls auditions this summer? I kept up with my usual workouts and also practiced my dance skills more intensely. In addition, I focused on eating a balanced diet and limited refined sugars.

What other styles of dance do you do outside of Laker Girls rehearsals to maintain your skills? Jazz and jazz funk classes are really fun and a great way to get some good cardio!

Do you do anything outside of dance to stay fit (ie swimming, biking, etc.)? I enjoy outdoor bike riding, Pilates, and taking outdoor spin classes.

Take us through your typical workout. Do you use weights, cardio, flexibility exercises? If so, please describe. I typically try to do about 1½ hours of cardio. I mix it up with using the Stairmaster, elliptical, treadmill and bike. Once that is complete, I stretch thoroughly and finish up with some of my favorite Pilates exercises.

What do you eat to stay healthy/maintain energy? I try to eat a balanced diet, including all the food groups – while I focus on getting enough vegetables and lean proteins. In addition, portion control is very important for me in maintaining my energy level. Over-eating causes drowsiness and tiredness.

Talk about the importance of stretching, yoga or Pilates in your workout. My favorite part of my workout is after my cardio is finished, I go to my mat to stretch and do Pilates. I truly believe in the health benefits of Pilates and stretching to help one feel good and stay injury free.

How do you balance dancing vs. other fitness related activities? I just try to make fitness a priority in my day. It works best for me to do my workout first thing in the morning. That way, I feel more energized for the rest of the day. In addition, getting enough rest is very important when it comes to balancing all my activities.

Who made you aware of the importance of staying fit? My mother was the first one who made me aware of the importance of staying fit. She was told by the doctor that she had high cholesterol. She began walking and changing the foods she prepared. Also, she got rid of the fried/processed foods and replaced them with more nutritious foods. By the time of her next doctor appointment, her cholesterol had come down to “normal.” That is what made me make “staying fit” a priority in my life.

What do you find a “nutritional snack” during the day? In addition, tell us about your favorite meal to eat that you find healthy for your lifestyle. I love to have a cheese stick snack (such as string cheese or a Colby cheese stick). I feel satisfied and energized after this snack, and I know the calcium is good for my bones.

What advice would you give to Lakers fans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Living a healthy lifestyle will increase one’s quality of life and will have a huge impact on one’s future years. Many people are surprised when they, or their loved ones, come down with a heart attack, stroke, and/or other illness/disease. Prevention through living a healthy lifestyle is key. Stay active by finding exercises that work for you personally. Also, try to eat a balanced diet with plenty of fresh non-processed foods. Most importantly, care about yourself and your health – take these steps towards a healthy lifestyle (even if they are baby steps).

Do you have any everyday, helpful, healthy tips for any of the Lakers Fans? Drink plenty of water : )


Fitness Profile: Deanna

How did you prepare for Laker Girls auditions this summer? While preparing for the Laker Girls auditions, I stuck with my normal work out regiment but kicked it up a notch! I added some high intensity spin classes three times a week. I also switched up my running from the treadmill to outside around my neighborhood. I stuck with my normal healthy eating habits but added some foods like salmon and avocado to really give my skin a healthy glow.

What other styles of dance do you do outside of Laker Girls rehearsals to maintain your skills.)? I like to take both contemporary and hip hop classes outside of Laker Girls rehearsal. Our routines really focus on precision and sharp lines so I enjoy really letting loose and exploring my movement in the other styles. Hip hop also provides a great cardio work out.

Do you do anything outside of dance to stay fit (ie swimming, biking, etc.)? I love the outdoors so hiking has always been an interest of mine. It’s easy to go from low to high intensity by picking a trail that goes up a steep climb or through a series of hills.

Take us through your typical workout. Do you use weights, cardio, flexibility exercises? If so, please describe. I try to incorporate weights, cardio, and flexibility into my work outs. I like to do two types of cardio, one always being running and the other is rotating between the stair master and cycling. As far as weights go – I have a three day rotation including a leg day, a back and bicep day, and a chest and triceps day. For weights – I keep them light and do a lot of reps. I end my work out with ab reps, some Pilates core work, and normal dance stretches.

What do you eat to stay healthy/maintain energy? I eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible. I get all of my daily sugars from fruit. I try to stick to lean proteins and fish. I also like to snack on nuts to boost my metabolism. I stay away from overly processed foods because they don’t provide sustainable energy.

Talk about the importance of stretching, yoga or Pilates in your workout. Stretching is the best tool to prevent injury. Yoga and Pilates are great for dancers because I feel it promotes long lean muscle as opposed to tight bulky muscle.

How do you balance dancing vs. other fitness related activities? When I know I’m going to have an intense day of dancing, I normally won’t include my other fitness regimen (So I don’t overwhelm my body). On the days I don’t dance, I always go to the gym.

Who made you aware of the importance of staying fit? I have a very “outdoorsy” and “energetic” family so physical activity has always been a staple in my life. My family also grows all their own produce so I’ve always had fresh produce to munch on as a kid.

What do you find a “nutritional snack” during the day? In addition, tell us about your favorite meal to eat that you find healthy for your lifestyle. I love to snack on dried, unsweetened fruit. It gives me extra servings of fruit and I don’t need to keep it cooled. One of my favorite meals consists of chicken breast grilled on pineapple rings with asparagus spears and brown rice. It’s delicious and it includes some protein, starch, fruit and veggies.

What advice would you give to Lakers fans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle? I would tell any fan that maintaining a healthy lifestyle isn’t just about looking good but it has so much to do with feeling great everyday!

Do you have any everyday, helpful, healthy tips for any of the Lakers Fans? Always shoot for the full 8 hours of sleep every night. It makes such a difference! Also, drink water. I feel it is most important in maintaining your health!


Fitness Profile: Veronica

How did you prepare for Laker Girls auditions this summer? I prepared by running 2-3 miles every day and did exercises that really focused on strengthening my core, legs and arms. I also took dance classes to maintain good technique and stretched everyday to keep up with my flexibility.

What other styles of dance do you do outside of Laker Girls rehearsals to maintain your skills? Even though it may not be my favorite dance style to take, I do like taking ballet classes because it continues to help me improve technically in all the styles of dance. I have taken hip hop and jazz consistently for years because those are my favorite styles. A new favorite of mine is contemporary. I enjoy this style because it is different as far as muscle memory for my body and it is a fusion of ballet, lyrical, jazz and jazz funk. My experience with contemporary is emotionally moving and allows me to perform from the heart.

Do you do anything outside of dance to stay fit (ie swimming, biking, etc.)? Aside from dance, I have been playing on a basketball team since I was 5-years-old.

Take us through your typical workout. Do you use weights, cardio, flexibility exercises? If so, please describe. If I am working out from home, I usually start with a 45 minute run and then running up and down stairs. I then use the “perfect pull-up and perfect push-up” to work on arms, chest, and abs. If I go to the gym I use the student recreational center at Cal State Fullerton. At the gym I spend 20 minutes on the stair master, 20 minutes on the treadmill, and then use the free weights, medicine balls, and a thera-brand to tone and work on flexibility.

What do you eat to stay healthy/maintain energy? I try to stay away from fast food and eat a lot of “brain foods.” I love sushi, fruits, and tortilla wraps! I like to eat more meals that are smaller in portion and throughout the day than three heavy meals. I take multi-vitamins everyday and stay hydrated with water and vitamin water.

Talk about the importance of stretching, yoga or Pilates in your workout. Stretching before dancing is very important so I do not hurt myself. I feel most injuries happen when dancers do not warm up first. Stretching helps with my flexibility and alleviates soreness.

How do you balance dancing vs. other fitness related activities? I find that cross training between dancing and playing basketball complement each other because many of the movements are similar.

Who made you aware of the importance of staying fit? Since I was little being physically active has been a priority in my family. My parents taught me the importance of living a healthy life.

What do you find a “nutritional snack” during the day? In addition, tell us about your favorite meal to eat that you find healthy for your lifestyle. I love V8 juice, vitamin water, bananas, granola bars, trail mix, and grapes! My favorite healthy meal to eat is my dad’s homemade sushi and my mom’s Chinese chicken salad.

What advice would you give to Lakers fans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Living a healthy life influences happiness, relieves stress, and is good for the self-esteem.

Do you have an everyday helpful, healthy tips for any of the Lakers Fans? Drink lots of water, eat breakfast, don’t miss meals, take daily vitamins, take power naps, and get a full good night’s rest.


Fitness Profile: Dara

How did you prepare for Laker Girls auditions this summer? The past few months I prepared for the auditions by maintaining a daily dance schedule. Each week I would go to a local dance studio and work on my dance technique for two to three hours. This not only kept up my dance skills, but also my stamina. It was my idea of a perfect workout.

What other styles of dance do you do outside of Laker Girls rehearsals to maintain your skills? When I am not at rehearsal, I enjoy taking classes such as jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary. I am definitely an up-beat kind of girl, so hip-hop and jazz are my favorite.

Do you do anything outside of dance to stay fit (ie swimming, biking, etc.)? Since moving to California, I have recently begun working out at a local gym. Other than that, dance is a great workout for me and I enjoy myself at the same time.

Take us through your typical workout. Do you use weights, cardio, flexibility exercises? If so, please describe. My typical workout usually consists of a good warm-up, some cardio, weights, and plenty of those ab work-outs we all love and enjoy! My favorite exercises are normally ones that focus on strengthening my leg muscles. (This helps a lot with dancing and flexibility.)

What do you eat to stay healthy/maintain energy? Aside from eating a lot of fruit, I try to make sure that I eat at least 3 full course meals a day. With each meal, I have something like grilled chicken, or tilapia, with two different vegetables. To maintain energy, I attempt to drink a lot of water throughout the day.

Talk about the importance of stretching, yoga or Pilates in your workout. I cannot stress enough how important stretching and warming up your muscles really is!! Having many hamstring injuries in my past, I’ve learned the hard way that you should always warm-up before doing any kind of exercising! Trust me- stretching at least once a day will help in the long run.

How do you balance dancing vs. other fitness related activities? To ensure that I can balance dancing and working out, I make a point to work out every week. In addition, we have practice twice a week for 3 to 4 hours so it works out perfectly!

Who made you aware of the importance of staying fit? Since I was a little girl, my parents and sister have always made sure I stayed very active and involved in various sports. They also made sure I kept a healthy diet, which is why now I eat almost any vegetable there is!! So let’s just say staying healthy and in shape has become a way of life for me. I don’t have to think or stress too much about it.

What do you find a “nutritional snack” during the day? In addition, tell us about your favorite meal to eat that you find healthy for your lifestyle. My nutritional snack is a big bowl of fruit with yogurt and granola. I like to mix strawberries, bananas, apples, and grapes all together to make a fabulous fruit bowl! As for my favorite nutritional meal - I could eat a grilled chicken Caesar salad all day long!

What advice would you give to Lakers fans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one way we, as individuals, can possibly pro long our lives, so if a healthy diet and a minor workout (as simple as a walk) means you could live longer – then why wouldn’t you want to do it. Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle…It could save your life!!

Do you have any everyday, helpful, healthy tips for any of the Lakers Fans? My tip would be… Try to pay more attention to what foods you eat and what those particular foods are doing to your body. If your diet is poor, slowly try to change it. A minor, yet easy change would be cutting out all sodas and sugary drinks. Try drinking a lot of water. Just a small change like that can make a difference in how you feel!


Fitness Profile: Brilane

How did you prepare for Laker Girls auditions this summer? To prepare for auditions, I took some jazz and hip-hop classes and also worked out about four to five days per week. I worked out at the gym or went running around my neighborhood. I tried to eat healthy and stay away from fast food.

What other styles of dance do you do outside of Laker Girls rehearsals to maintain your skills? I have always been really into ballet because it is a great way to maintain my dance technique. I really enjoy contemporary and taking jazz, hip-hop, and technique classes.

Do you do anything outside of dance to stay fit (ie swimming, biking, etc.)? Yes, I love being active outdoors by hiking, swimming, biking and running (with my dog). Although outdoor workouts are my favorite – I also enjoy taking some of the classes at the gym. They consist of cycling, yoga, Pilates, step aerobics and boot camp conditioning.

Take us through your typical workout. Do you use weights, cardio, flexibility exercises? If so, please describe. Typically, when I go to the gym I begin with a 25-35 minute cardio session, but I don’t stick to one machine. I’ll usually mix it up. For example, 15 minutes on the treadmill (doing intervals of speed and incline), then 10 minutes on the elliptical and then finish with 10 minutes on the stair master. I always stretch and do a few reps of ab exercises. Also, every other day of working out, I switch my routine to focus on my muscles. For example, I either work on arms and back – or legs and glutes.

What do you eat to stay healthy/maintain energy? I try to include all of the major food groups throughout my day and rather than have three big meals, I aim for six small meals per day. To maintain energy, I always carry around a bag of almonds. I also try to choose foods that have whole grains and fiber. I also will pick grilled over fried foods.

Talk about the importance of stretching, yoga or Pilates in your workout. Stretching is so important, not only for a dancer, but for everyone! I especially enjoy yoga because not only does it stretch out your whole body but it focuses on breathing and lengthening muscles. (Not to mention it improves circulation) Also, I enjoy the toning exercises of Pilates.

How do you balance dancing vs. other fitness related activities? Although dancing burns many calories and is a great workout – As a dancer it is important to workout outside of dance classes. If I dance every other day, then I will fill in the other days of the week with a workout. This is crucial, especially when my muscles get sore and tense from dancing because working out and stretching those muscles will make a big difference in toning and lengthening them.

Who made you aware of the importance of staying fit? I have been a dancer my whole life, but I really began to understand the importance of staying fit from my high school dance coach. We were encouraged to eat healthy before dance class throughout the day. Also, we were encouraged to do cardio exercises to maintain and boost our endurance and energy.

What do you find a “nutritional snack” during the day? In addition, tell us about your favorite meal to eat that you find healthy for your lifestyle. My favorite nutritional snack is a handful of whole natural almonds and an apple. I also like protein snack bars because they are delicious and provide a good amount of “full” before a workout. My favorite “healthy meal” includes a variety of foods from the food pyramid – grilled chicken, vegetables (especially broccoli) and a baked potato or bread (carb).

What advice would you give to Lakers fans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle? To maintain a healthy lifestyle by working out and eating healthy is so important now, and also for your future. The way you take care of your body today will affect your future health and it is up to you for that effect to be positive or negative. Just a few days of working out and controlling what you eat will make such a big difference. Eating and working out will also provide you with a sufficient amount of energy for your day and make you feel better mentally.

Do you have any everyday, helpful, healthy tips for any of the Lakers Fans? Always eat in moderation. I encourage snacking throughout the day rather than eating only three large meals or waiting until you are very hungry to eat. Also, try to do a few sit-ups and push-ups at night or take your dog for a walk. Find a fun outdoor activity to do because these work-outs will be more fun and personalized to what you like. Basically, find something that you enjoy that works with your lifestyle and make it a weekly routine. Stick to it, set goals, and treat yourself when you reach them.


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