There’s been a lot of talk lately about how much athleticism is involved in dance. Clips like Harry Shum Jr.’s “Exploring Parallels with Sport and Dance” and Misty Copeland’s kick-butt commercial for Under Armour have got people outside the dance world marveling at dancers’ incredible strength and stamina. Of course, all this discussion leaves us wondering: How are people just now realizing that this is a thing?! I mean, dancers being athletic isn’t new. Nevertheless, we appreciate the new-found recognition.
So here’s another video to throw into the mix: Simon Ata is an Australian break-dancer whose workout is nothing short of insane.
Exhibit A–Z: He does pushups with his feet off the floor…
The video of his entire workout routine is quite beautiful to watch (he’s a dancer, after all), and it demonstrates that dancers aren’t necessarily as in shape as other athletes—they go way above and beyond that.
Check it out: