This is a quick workout that’s great if you’re in a time crunch but you still want to sweat and feel the burn. I love running, but it’s too much impact on my joints to do religiously. I run a lot when I have time off, but I limit my runs to only this workout if I’m in season. I find that shorter and more intense runs are easier on my joints as opposed to long distance runs. Plus, high intensity interval training workouts are a great form of cardio to incorporate into your workout regimen. Warming up properly is really important before sprinting at such a high speed, so I make sure I do some gentle stretching beforehand and I warm up on the treadmill with 5 minutes of speed walking. For the intervals, I use a 30:30 setup. Meaning, I alternate sprinting at full capacity for 30 seconds with resting for 30 seconds. For the rest periods, I jump to the side of the machine and hop back on for the work period. Make sure you are careful getting back on the treadmill, as it will still be moving really fast. On the chart, the column that says “rest” serves as an instruction to step to the side of the moving treadmill during the rest period.
Alexandra Pullen was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and was raised in Chicago, Illinois, where she began her initial ballet training at a local community center. Pullen studied at Dance Center Evanston, Evanston School of Ballet, and Chicago Ballet Arts, and the Ruth Page School of Dance, where she joined their company, the Civic Ballet of Chicago. She trained on scholarship at the Joffrey Academy of Ballet in Chicago under Anna Reznik and Alexei Kremnev. She toured with the Joffrey Trainees to perform as Clara in The Nutcracker Suite. She studied on scholarship at summer programs of the San Francisco Ballet School, School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. In 2012, Pullen competed in the Youth America Grand Prix Chicago Semi-Finals and received a gold medal in the classical category and a silver medal in the contemporary category. She was a Finalist in New York City. In September 2012, Pullen was awarded the Shoot for Change Scholarship to attend the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre, and joined ABT Studio Company two weeks later. Pullen joined ABT as an apprentice 2013 and was promoted to the corps de ballet in 2014. With ABT, Pullen's rep included Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Ashton's The Dream, Manon, Cinderella, Gaite Parisienne, Les Sylphide, La Bayadere, and Twyla Tharp's Bach Partita. She toured ABT to destinations such as Abu Dhabi, Australia, Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis. This is her second season with Colorado Ballet.
Movement is my psychologist. It clears my mind and energizes me for the day ahead.