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Laker Girls Fitness Profiles

Dec 2 2011 8:08PM
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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: Angel

1. Tell us how long you have been a dancer and what kind joy you get out of it?
I started dancing at 3 years old and was instantly hooked. When I dance, I am able to forget about any worries I have. I just enjoy myself! I am the happiest when I'm dancing.

2. How has dance shaped you into the performer, or individual, you are now?

Dance has helped me to become much more confident and outgoing. I now find it easier to speak in front of large crowds, meet new people, go on auditions and attend job interviews.

3. Do you feel people understand the "physical demand" that dancing takes on one's body?
No, I do not think people understand the physical demand dancing takes on one's body. Most people don't consider dance to be a sport, but I feel it is as much a sport as basketball or football. From what I have heard, many football players (in school) enroll in ballet class to improve their balance and stamina.

4. As a dancer, be honest, how do you feel are your eating habits?
As a dancer, I feel that my eating habits are average. I typically have 2 main meals a day and then snack on fruits and vegetables. I also take vitamins and drink plenty of water.

5. What is your weakness when it comes to "junk food" or an "unhealthy snack"? Meal?
I have a weakness for many things! Like jalapeno chips, nilla wafers, cheesecake and homemade apple pie with whipped cream!

6. What type of exercises "tone" your body well?
A good set of crunches is perfect to keep my ab muscles tight. For my legs, I prefer running outside or on the treadmill. Another exercise I enjoy is to swim laps in the swimming pool. I feel that swimming gives me the lean muscles I desire and builds my endurance.

7. What types of exercises give you the best "cardio" work out?
I feel an outdoor cardio workout is my favorite and gives me my best cardio workout. I also enjoy riding bikes at the beach or hiking a canyon. (because of the fresh air and gorgeous scenery)

8. Other than Laker Girls rehearsal, how many times do "work out" a week?
I try to go to the gym at least 2-3 times a week. For variety, I will replace the gym with a dance class. They both give me a full body workout and are fun at the same time!


Fitness Profile: Erin

1. Tell us how long you have been a dancer and what kind joy you get out of it?
I began dancing at the age of 5 and instantly fell in love with it. Dance makes me feel confident, accomplished and proud. I know it will always be a part of my life.

2. How has dance shaped you into the performer, or individual, you are now?
It takes a lot of courage to perform in front of large groups of people. This can be a challenge but also exhilarating. Being a performer has shaped me into a very outgoing, personal and confident individual.

3. Do you feel people understand the "physical demand" that dancing takes on one's body?
I do feel people appreciate the dedication and "physical demand" dancing takes on one's body. I think people are always most impressed with a dancer's flexibility.

4. As a dancer, be honest, how do you feel are your eating habits?
Honestly, I am a huge fan of fruits and vegetables! I love to eat healthy, light, fresh foods. Good eating habits, combined with exercise, make me feel invincible. I will admit I sometimes enjoy wings while watching football on Sundays!

5. What is your weakness when it comes to "junk food" or an "unhealthy snack"? Meal?
Peanut-butter filled pretzel nuggets!! Mmmmm! Chinese takeout is definitely my weakness when it comes to an unhealthy meal.

6. What type of exercises "tone" your body well?
I have discovered that running is the best way for me to tone my body. I find it to be the easiest way to shed pounds and build muscle at the same time. Running, mixed with pushups, sit-ups and some light weight lifting seems to be the perfect combination for me.

7. What types of exercises give you the best "cardio" work out?
Cycling, running and playing tennis are my favorite ways to get a good cardio workout. But, I also love to take kickboxing class or boot camp classes whenever possible.

8. Other than Laker Girls rehearsal, how many times do "work out" a week?
I run every day, no matter how busy my schedule gets. Morning runs are a perfect way to start my day!


Fitness Profile: Jessica

1. Tell us how long you have been a dancer and what kind joy you get out of it?
I have been dancing since I was three years old. I have always enjoyed dancing because it gives me the ability to express myself through movement.

2.How has dance shaped you into the performer, or individual, you are now?
Dance has made me a more confident person. I have learned a lot about my various strengths and weaknesses, through dance. It has also taught me to "think on my toes," which is beneficial in my everyday life.

3. Do you feel people understand the "physical demand" that dancing takes on one's body?
I do not feel people understand the "physical demand" dance takes on one's body. Dancing may not be a contact sport, but it does put great strain on a dancer's muscles and joints.

4. As a dancer, be honest, how do you feel are your eating habits?
Honestly, I feel that I have good eating habits. I try to limit how many times a week I eat out at restaurantsespecially fast food!

5. What is your weakness when it comes to "junk food" or an "unhealthy snack"? Meal?
My weakness when it comes to junk food is ice cream!

6. What type of exercises "tone" your body well?
I feel that Pilates works well on my body. As a dancer if I had bulky muscles, it would affect my flexibility. Pilates uses resistance, which creates the long, lean muscles I need.

7. What types of exercises give you the best "cardio" work out?
My favorite cardio exercise is running outside or on a treadmill. I also enjoy taking spin class!

8. Other than Laker Girls rehearsal, how many times do "work out" a week?
Other than Laker Girls rehearsal, I try to work out 5 times a week. Even if my schedule doesn't allow for a full work out, I still aim to get my heart rate up for at least 25 minutes every day.


Fitness Profile: Brilane

1. Tell us how long you have been a dancer and what kind joy you get out of it?
I have been a dancer for 18 years. I first fell in love with ballet but then discovered other styles of dance that interested me, such as jazz and hip-hop. Dance has not only shaped the person I am today and helped me to become disciplined in my fitness, but it also gives me so much enjoyment!

2. How has dance shaped you into the performer, or individual, you are now?
I was extremely shy as a child so my parents put me into dance classes. Through dance, I have gained so much self confidence. It allowed me to overcome my fears, and I now enjoy performing for an audience especially the fans at STAPLES Center!

3. Do you feel people understand the "physical demand" that dancing takes on one's body?
I do not feel people understand the "physical demand" dancing takes on one's body. Dance is an athletic form of art that uses every single muscle in the body. It requires a great deal of dedication, focus and discipline.

4. As a dancer, be honest, how do you feel about your eating habits?
As a dancer, I feel that my eating habits are good, but there is always room for improvement. Since I am dancing every day, I really try to think about what I am putting in my body. I love the way I feel, and the energy I have, after eating healthy food.

5. What is your weakness when it comes to "junk food" or an "unhealthy snack"? Meal?
My weakness is dessert, especially Oreos! If I'm going to have an unhealthy meal, it's Mexican food!

6. What type of exercises "tone" your body well?
I really enjoy taking yoga and pilates classes to tone my body. I feel these classes work on every area of my body and create the lean muscles I need to be a dancer.

7. What types of exercises give you the best "cardio" work out?
Running, dancing and swimming give me the best cardio workout. I prefer running outside, but when I am in the gym I like the elliptical machine.

8. Other than Laker Girls rehearsal, how many times do "work out" a week?
Other than Laker Girl rehearsals, I try to work out 5 to 7 times per week.


Fitness Profile: Veronica

1. Tell us how long you have been a dancer and what kind joy you get out of it?
I began my dance career 18 years ago, training in ballet, tap and jazz. As I moved into high school and throughout college, I also studied hip hop, contemporary, modern and jazz funk styles. My joy stems from the creativity of performing the different styles and working with talented choreographers. It is nice to be able to express a variety of emotions, to tell a story and entertain an audience with the movement of dance.

2. How has dance shaped you into the performer, or individual, you are now?
Dance has shaped me into a well-rounded individual. I have had the opportunity to collaborate in groups and work with diverse people. It has also taught me to be open-minded. Growing up in a performing arts studio, my appreciation for dance evolves from the roots of musical theatre and Broadway.

3. Do you feel people understand the "physical demand" that dancing takes on one's body?
No, I believe most people underestimate the intensity of dance. Most athletes will not consider dance to be a sport, but I completely disagree. Dance takes endurance, strength, flexibility and a healthy body. In addition, I grew up as a dancer and a basketball player I feel that, participating in each activity elevated my performance level in one other.

4. As a dancer, be honest, how do you feel about your eating habits?
Maintaining a healthy eating pattern is sometimes difficult because of my full schedule. When I'm commuting to rehearsals, games, work or dance class, it isn't always easy to find a healthy bite to eat. Luckily, my parents have always taught the value of a healthy lifestyle and I now take more time to plan ahead. I now try to pack nutritious meals and bring snack foods that provide energy.

5. What is your weakness when it comes to "junk food" or an "unhealthy snack"? Meal?
My favorite snack foods are "chex mix," "cheese-itz" and any sour gummy candies. I also have a weakness for pasta accompanied with a side of garlic bread!

6. What type of exercises "tone" your body well?
To tone my arms, the most effective exercises I do involve free weights. This helps me focus on my biceps, triceps, chest and shoulders. For my abs, I spend 20 minutes doing sit ups with an exercise ball and perform various Pilates "plank" positions. To keep my legs toned, I utilize the "Leg Press" machine.

7. What types of exercises give you the best "cardio" work out?
For a good cardio work out, I spend at least 30-35 minutes on the elliptical, treadmill or stair master machine.

8. Other than Laker Girls rehearsal, how many times do "work out" a week?
Aside from Laker Girl rehearsals, I go to the gym once a day. I also try to take at least one dance class or "Cardio Barre" class a week.


Fitness Profile: Richelle

1. Tell us how long you have been a dancer and what kind joy you get out of it?
I have been a dancer since I was three years old. I was very shy as a child and dancing was my outlet. It made me unafraid to step in front of an audience or go to competitions and perform in front of a panel of judges. I get the best feeling whenever I dance! Even if I'm feeling ill or having a rough day, dancing will make everything better.

2. How has dance shaped you into the performer, or individual, you are now?
I feel dance has made me a very disciplined and respectful person. In this particular position, it has shaped me into a team player and helped me learn to work well in a group.

3. Do you feel people understand the "physical demand" that dancing takes on one's body?
I feel that more people today understand the physical demands of a dancer because of the shows like: So You Think you Can Dance, Dancing with The Stars and Americas Best Dance Crew. Thanks to these shows, dance is gaining more respect. These shows reveal all the ins and outs of dancing and its physical demands.

4. As a dancer, be honest, how do you feel about your eating habits?
Personally, I like taking care of my body and watch what I put into it. I do eat very healthy, but I try not to deprive myself of anything my body needs.

5. What is your weakness when it comes to "junk food" or an "unhealthy snack"? Meal?
If I have to cheat a bit my junk food picks would be ice cream, pizza, bread/rolls and Mexican food!!

6. What type of exercises "tone" your body well?
I do a variety of exercises with the medicine ball, for my core. Mat exercises done very slowly and hold for a period of time, tone my muscles and give me faster results than just weight training. A thera-band is another helpful tool I incorporate into my workouts for toning.

7. What types of exercises give you the best "cardio" work out?
No matter how many times I've done the stair master it always is a challenge!! It's great for your gluts and toning your legs. Another cardio workout I like to do is run for a mile, walk for two minutes and then run another mile. It gets your heart rate up, down... and then back up! It makes me sweat too! (Which means I am working out hard!)

8. Other than Laker Girls rehearsal, how many times do "work out" a week?
Other than Laker Girls rehearsal, I go to the gym 5 times a week.


Fitness Profile: Ashley

1. Tell us how long you have been a dancer and what kind joy you get out of it?
I have been dancing since I was seven years old. I started out taking ballet and tap combo classes, and then became interested in jazz, hip hop and lyrical at my local community center. I was on a dance studio team for 2 years and then continued on with my high school dance team, now; here I am dancing as a Los Angeles Laker Girl!! I get so much joy out of dancing! I feel dance allows me to express my emotions and share these emotions with others while performing.

2. How has dance shaped you into the performer, or individual, you are now?
Dance has shaped me in many ways. It has taught me to be disciplined, as well as made me realize I can accomplish anything with hard work and dedication. As a Laker Girl, specifically, I have become extremely organized and have learned to work well on a team.

3. Do you feel people understand the "physical demand" that dancing takes on one's body?
I do not feel people understand the "physical demand" that dancing takes on one's body. People may think a dancer's talent comes naturally - but they do not realize the hours of training, stretching and conditioning it takes to keep our bodies at the physical level that it requires.

4. As a dancer, be honest, how do you feel about your eating habits?
I feel I have pretty good eating habits. I eat 3 balanced meals a day and try to make healthy choices. When I do snack, I typically have a piece of fruit or some veggies.

5. What is your weakness when it comes to "junk food" or an "unhealthy snack"? Meal?
I have a big sweet tooth! My weakness when it comes to "junk food" would have to be any type of sour candy. I also love dessert especially cheesecake!

6. What type of exercises "tone" your body well?
I feel yoga and conditioning workouts "tone" my body best. These exercises help me build muscle strength, particularly in my core.

7. What types of exercises give you the best "cardio" work out?
I enjoy doing workout tapes as a form of cardio. They are fun to do and provide encouragement, which helps me stay motivated.

8. Other than Laker Girls rehearsal, how many times do "work out" a week?
Other than Laker Girls rehearsal, I "work out" 2-4 times a week. I also try to take a dance conditioning class, do a workout tape or run on the treadmill. A new exercise interest of mine is "disc golf." Walking or jogging through the course is a fun way to get a cardio workout.


Fitness Profile: Brittney

1. Tell us how long you have been a dancer and what kind joy you get out of it?
I have been dancing since I was 12 years old. I feel very proud to have accomplished all that I have in dance. It's an amazing feeling to be able to participate in such a beautiful art form, the form of dance. In addition, it's nice to use dance to entertain people as well!

2. How has dance shaped you into the performer, or individual, you are now?
I have much more confidence in my ability to reach my aspirations and goals. I feel like I can do almost anything I work hard for!!

3. Do you feel people understand the "physical demand" that dancing takes on one's body?
I think most people can grasp the idea that dance is very physically demanding. As a dancer, over the years one's body definitely undergoes a certain amount of "wear and tear". I know I can really feel the physical workout when my body is bruised or sore.

4. As a dancer, be honest, how do you feel about your eating habits?
I must confess I have some pretty inconsistent eating habits. When I'm on the go, I am so busy that I hardly think about eating. My body will tell me when I have had too much "junk food," though I really do try to eat a lot of healthy foods.

5. What is your weakness when it comes to "junk food" or an "unhealthy snack"? Meal?
I really like candy. Sour Patch Kids is one of my favorite kinds of candy. I guess my favorite "unhealthy" meal would consist of greasy Chinese food.

6. What type of exercises "tone" your body well?
I feel that running is the best exercise to tone my entire body quickly. However, I target more specific muscle groups with weight resistance equipment when I feel I need to work on certain body parts.

7. What types of exercises give you the best "cardio" work out?
Running, dancing and bicycling give me the best cardio workout.

8. Other than Laker Girls rehearsal, how many times do "work out" a week?
Outside of Laker Girls rehearsal, I work out about three times weekly.


Fitness Profile: Katie

1. Tell us how long you have been a dancer and what kind joy you get out of it?
My parents introduced me to dance when I was 5 years old and I have been hooked ever since. I have studied all types of dance. I feel each individual style of dance brings out a different side of my personality. Dance has always been an outlet for me to express my feelings. Having been a dancer for 18 years now, I can honestly say that it is my biggest passion, and will always be a part of my life.

2. How has dance shaped you into the performer, or individual, you are now?
Growing up as a dancer has shaped and molded me into the person I am today. It has taught me to be structured, outgoing and courageous and to never quit when something gets too difficult. Although one might think that dance is simply a hobby, I truly believe it has transformed me into a more passionate and responsible individual.

3. Do you feel people understand the "physical demand" that dancing takes on one's body?
I definitely don't think the average person thinks of dance as a physically demanding sport. I feel people typically see dancers that are already in the professional level, which means, as a professional, our job is to make the steps look flawless and effortless. Dance is challenging because it is a full body workout. I believe people do not understand the level of difficulty that is involved in the art of dance, unless they actually try the moves themselves.

4. As a dancer, be honest, how do you feel about your eating habits?
I must admit that my eating habits have not always been great. I love junk food, but after becoming a Laker Girl I had to modify the things I ate, along with the portion sizes. It took some time to adjust to a healthier lifestyle but I am extremely happy with how much better I feel after making those adjustments.

5. What is your weakness when it comes to "junk food" or an "unhealthy snack"? Meal?
My weakness is anything sweet! I think I was given "3 sweet teeth" opposed to a single sweet tooth! Ha Ha! My ultimate vice is ice creammint chocolate chip ice cream to be exact!

6. What type of exercises "tone" your body well?
I have found that pilates, yoga and isometrics really work on my body type. They all help me strengthen various muscles, while burning a significant amount of calories. These exercise techniques take a great amount of strength, balance and core use. This helps me see results at a faster rate. I also love using the stability and BOSU balance balls!

7. What types of exercises give you the best "cardio" work out?
I personally love both the elliptical and treadmill machines. The elliptical allows me to achieve a total body workout by moving my arms and legs at the same time. On the treadmill, I enjoy running and walking at various inclines.

8. Other than Laker Girls rehearsal, how many times do "work out" a week?
I try to work out at least 4 times a week.


Fitness Profile: Octavia

1. Tell us how long you have been a dancer and what kind joy you get out of it?
I've been dancing for 14 years. Whether I'm dancing on the court, on a stage, or in my room I truly enjoy what I do! It is nice to share my passion for dance with others.

2. How has dance shaped you into the performer, or individual, you are now?
As a performer, dance has taught me to express myself through movement and entertain an audience. Over the years, I feel that dance has given me so much confidence and it has offered me many exciting opportunities and experiences.

3. Do you feel people understand the "physical demand" that dancing takes on one's body?
I feel that most people don't understand the physical demand dance has on one's body, but to me that's a good thing. As a professional dancer we are to make the steps look easy, so if it appears that way - we're doing our job!

4. As a dancer, be honest, how do you feel about your eating habits?
My eating habits can definitely be improved. On days when I'm busy, I need to "grab and go" some snacks and don't always make the healthiest choices.

5. What is your weakness when it comes to "junk food" or an "unhealthy snack"? Meal?
My weakness seems to be hot cheetos and cookies! Yum!

6. What type of exercises "tone" your body well?
I feel that circuit training really tones my body. I make sure to include ab workouts, arm exercises and lunges. When circuit training, I never stop moving, so it's great for both strengthening and cardio!

7. What types of exercises give you the best "cardio" work out?
The best cardio workout for me is swimming because it is a full body workout.

8. Other than Laker Girls rehearsal, how many times do "work out" a week?
Between going to the gym and taking dance classes, I workout about 3 times a week.


Fitness Profile: Heather

1. Tell us how long you have been a dancer and what kind joy you get out of it?
I started dancing when I was 4 years old. I absolutely love to perform in front of an audience and share my passion for dance with others!

2. How has dance shaped you into the performer, or individual, you are now?
Dance has had a major influence on shaping me into the person I am today. It has molded me into a team player, given me a deep sense of dedication and made me work hard to better myself. Dance goes beyond just learning technique; it has taught me discipline and sculpted me into a well-rounded individual.

3. Do you feel people understand the "physical demand" that dancing takes on one's body?
I believe people understand how difficult dance is, but not the extent of athleticism and endurance that it requires. Dance is very physically demanding and requires a multiple aspect of athleticism.

4. As a dancer, be honest, how do you feel about your eating habits?
I feel that I have a pretty consistent, healthy eating pattern. I count my calorie intake and stay conscious of making healthy choices.

5. What is your weakness when it comes to "junk food" or an "unhealthy snack"? Meal?
My major weakness is having a sweet tooth! My favorite dessert is chocolate covered pretzels.

6. What type of exercises "tone" your body well?
I feel that lifting light weights tones my body well. I like to use both free weights and machines.

7. What types of exercises give you the best "cardio" work out?
The best cardio workout for me, besides dancing, is to use the elliptical machine.

8. Other than Laker Girls rehearsal, how many times do "work out" a week?
I try to work out 5 times a week, when my schedule allows.


Fitness Profile: Bria

1. Tell us how long you have been a dancer and what kind joy you get out of it?
I have been a dancer since I was seven years old. I feel that dance has allowed me to, at times, "Escape from reality." I can dance when I'm happy, sad, angry, afraid or excited and be able to communicate those ideas through movements instead of using words. I feel safe while I dance. I especially enjoy dancing for a Championship team like the Lakers! This job ALWAYS brings me joy and makes me happy no matter what!

2. How has dance shaped you into the performer, or individual, you are now?
Dance has not only shaped my physical body, but it has taught me discipline. From a young age taking dance classes trained me to be attentive and focused. Not to mention, it tested my ability to take direction. I also feel dance has taught me to be passionate due to my strict, rigorous dance training I feel I am now a focused individual who puts 100% + more into what I take on.

3. Do you feel people understand the "physical demand" that dancing takes on one's body?
I feel some people do not understand the demand dance has on one's body. To a spectator, dance can seem easier than it actually is because professional dancers make it look effortless. Being a dancer, I know, at times I can be very sore even in places I never knew I could be sore in! (Ha Ha) I think it is because dance can work so many muscles at a time it is a full body, physical activity! If you have never tried it you should, it's a fun workout!

4. As a dancer, be honest, how do you feel about your eating habits?
Honestly, I feel that my eating habits are good. I do enjoy eating "junk food" at times, but for the most part I will choose a "healthy meal," opposed to anything else. Eating "healthy" just makes me feel better!

5. What is your weakness when it comes to "junk food" or an "unhealthy snack"? Meal?
My weakness when it comes to junk food would be ice cream. I LOVE "Cookie's n' Cream" that is my favorite flavor!

6. What type of exercises "tone" your body well?
Ballet classes, Pilates and a variety of "Cardio workouts" seem to tone my body well.

7. What types of exercises give you the best "cardio" work out?
Swimming, running and jumping rope give me the best "cardio" workout. I love listening to my iPod while I do cardio because I enjoy listening to my favorite songs, that I forget how hard I am really working!

8. Other than Laker Girls rehearsal, how many times do "work out" a week?
I work out three times a week besides rehearsals.


Fitness Profile: Erica

1. Tell us how long you have been a dancer and what kind joy you get out of it?
I've been a dancer now for roughly 20 years now. Each year that I continued to dance, my passion and appreciation for it grew. I love the rush of performing, which is why I wanted pursue a dance career. I still find the same joy in dance as I did when I first started performing. Now, doing it at a professional level is very exciting to me.

2. How has dance shaped you into the performer, or individual, you are now?
My life as a dancer has had a huge effect on the person I am at this time. I feel it turned me into a competitive person because I took part in so many dance competitions growing up. Also, dance has made me a very punctual person. The Laker Girls have a lot of commitments and being late is never an option!

3. Do you feel people understand the "physical demand" that dancing takes on one's body?
I think the physical demand for dancers is very misunderstood. As a dancer, we get injured all the time, just like other athletes, because we are constantly pushing our body to the limit. I have had several issues with my back, knees and ankles. But again, as a dancer, there is no pain that can keep me away from the rush of performing - especially at STAPLES Center!

4. As a dancer, be honest, how do you feel about your eating habits?
When I was younger, I was constantly dancing so I was able to eat whatever I wanted. But as a professional dancer, it is part of my job to stay in shape and be conscious of what my intake is. Initially, it was a hard adjustment for me but now that I am more knowledgeable about it, I feel I have healthier eating habits.

5. What is your weakness when it comes to "junk food" or an "unhealthy snack"? Meal?
I am such a sucker for a good cheeseburger and fries! Although, many eating establishments offer great options to ditch the hamburger bun and wrap the meat in lettuce, which makes me feel less guilty.

6. What type of exercises "tone" your body well?
I have recently started increasing the weight training in my workouts and have noticed better results. Rather than just spending hours of doing cardio, I like to spend more time lifting light weights or using weight machines. This not only keeps my heart rate up but tones my muscles more efficiently. I feel I am able to focus on different parts of my body on different days, rather than doing a full body workout every single day.

7. What types of exercises give you the best "cardio" work out?
I really enjoy doing the stairclimber at my gym. Not being a big fan of running, this gives me the intensity that I need, in an enjoyable way. It's fun to see if I can beat how many levels of stairs I climb from day to day!

8. Other than Laker Girls rehearsal, how many times do "work out" a week?
I try to work out at least five days a week. On days that we have rehearsals or games, I'll keep my workouts a little less intense to conserve energy.


Fitness Profile: Melissa

How did you prepare for Lakers Girls auditions this summer?
To prepare for Laker Girls auditions this summer, I took a lot of dance classes! I took many Jazz and Hip Hop classes from a variety of teachers, to not only keep up my technique, but to experience different teaching styles. I also attended the first ever Laker Girls workshop! This really taught me what the judges were looking for in a prospective Laker Girl. The workshop was very informative and helpful. In addition to dancing, I made sure to keep a daily workout regimen. I wanted to walk into the audition feeling confident.

What other styles of dance do you do outside of Laker Girls rehearsals to maintain your skills?
I do Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary. These styles help me improve my technique and confidence to execute our Laker Girl routines.

Do you do anything outside of dance to stay fit (i.e. swimming, biking, etc.)?
I love taking group cardio classes, especially cycling and kickboxing. My cardio sessions are more intense when I'm able to feel the energy of other people who are trying to stay fit as well. I also like to swim! Doing laps at my gym's pool is a great and fun way for me to stay fit.

Take us through your typical work out. Do you use weights, cardio, flexibility exercises? If so, please describe.
My typical workout starts off with cardio. I usually do 30 minutes of different intensity intervals on a treadmill or elliptical. But if I'm taking a cycling class or kickboxing class, I will start off with a 15 minute cardio session on the treadmill (or elliptical) and then go into my class. After my cardio session, I do strength training. I typically have the day assigned to strength training a certain body part (arms, legs, back, etc.). My strength training consists of free weights and resistance bands. I end my workout with a 15-20 minute cool down session with stretching exercises.

What do you eat to stay healthy/maintain energy?
I am a pescatarian! This means the only type of meat I eat is fish. In addition to fish, I eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies. My favorites are apples with yogurt and carrots with hummus. I also drink protein shakes to make sure I am getting enough protein in my diet.

Talk about the importance of stretching, yoga or pilates in your workout.
Stretching is very important in your workout. It helps minimize injury and soreness, as well as improve your flexibility. It is essential to include stretching exercises in your workout routine.

How do you balance dancing vs. other fitness related activities?
I love dancing and consider it a great workout. But, in order to strengthen my whole body, I incorporate a variety of other fitness related activities. I usually assign a specific day to a specific activity. For example: On Mondays I will take a Jazz dance class, Tuesdays I will take a cycling class, Wednesdays I will take a Hip Hop dance class, and so forth. In addition, I will incorporate some type of strength training daily.

Who made you aware of the importance of staying fit?
School actually made me aware of how important it is to stay fit. Through health and science classes, I was able to learn the importance of exercise and healthy nutrition.

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.
Any fresh fruits and veggies are great snacks! I usually like to accompany my fruits with vanilla yogurt or any type of veggies with hummus. My favorite healthy meal is grilled salmon! I eat it with grilled veggies and/or brown rice. I also like to have a little teriyaki sauce (for my salmon) on the side.

What advice would you give to Lakers fans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
My advice to Lakers fans is to find an activity that is really fun to do. That way working out will be fun, rather than tedious. Living a healthy lifestyle is very important, but also should be fun.

Do you have an everyday helpful, healthy tip for Lakers Fans?
My every day, healthy tip for Lakers fans is to set a goal. Write it down and post it in a place you go to every day (like the kitchen or the bathroom). By writing your goal down, it will remind you of what you want to achieve. In addition, every time I go for a workout, my own healthy tip I say to myself is that I have to finish my workout sweating! When I sweat, I know it's a good indication that I am getting a beneficial workout.


Fitness Profile: Lana

How did you prepare for Lakers Girls auditions this summer?
I ate really healthy, worked out and took a lot of dance classes.

What other styles of dance do you do outside of Laker Girls rehearsals to maintain your skills?
I enjoy hip-hop, tap, lyrical and jazz.

Do you do anything outside of dance to stay fit (i.e. swimming, biking, etc.)?
I like to go swimming and I run. Since I moved to California, I am excited to start biking.

Take us through your typical work out. Do you use weights, cardio, flexibility exercises? If so, please describe.
I normally start with stretching and then do 30-45 minutes of cardio. After that I do 30 minutes of weights, alternating my upper and lower body. To finish off, I stretch.

What do you eat to stay healthy/maintain energy?
A lot of fruits and vegetables. Also, I try to eat foods with low salt and enjoy drinking green tea.

Talk about the importance of stretching, yoga or pilates in your workout.
Stretching is important for keeping optimal flexibility. I felt this balances out one's strength and cardio training.

How do you balance dancing vs. other fitness related activities?
Dance requires a lot of cardio and endurance, so I tend to take it easier at the gym on days that I have rehearsal or perform at a game.

Who made you aware of the importance of staying fit?
My mother has always stressed to me the importance of a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

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 and unsalted nuts. I really enjoy making a good steak salad with lots of vegetables and seasonal fruit. (with a light balsamic dressing)

What advice would you give to Lakers fans about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
It is vital to live a healthy lifestyle as it contributes immensely to a sound mind and body.

Do you have an everyday helpful, healthy tip for Lakers Fans?
Drink more water!! Stay hydrated.


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