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You Need This Insane #MondayMotivation From NYCB Goddess Sara Mearns In Your Life

We've said it before and we'll say it again: New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is some SERIOUS #goals. Her strength and power onstage borders on superhuman. But what's extra magical about Mearns is that she really puts in the fitness and cross-training work outside of the rehearsal studio. And she's overcome her fair share of injuries. Which is why she was the perfect source for Vogue's latest ballet fitness story.


The story features seven toning exercises in GIF form, starring none other than Mearns. It also goes into fascinating detail about fellow NYCB star Joaquin De Luz's new side gig as the company's certified personal trainer, after a back injury almost ended his dance days. De Luz has since created the company-wide, cross-training based fitness program Dancer Fit. (And he also created all the exercises in the story.)

Means also opened up about what dealing with injuries is really like. In her case, that meant a serious back injury a few years ago and lots of sprained ankles. "I was getting so fed up with it, and I didn't know what to do," she told Vogue. That's when De Luz stepped in and created a regime for her that they would go through on breaks between rehearsals.

Seriously, the exercises are must-watches.

Exhibit A:

Screenshot via Vogue.com

Yeah...no further proof needed.

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