Champion Training Series

Champion Training Series

Specially designed to complement training for majors / championships, this collection of workouts is recommended for advanced students who are up for a challenge! We will regularly add workouts to this collection and adjust the content depending on the upcoming competition. Enjoy your workout, and remember, if you ever have a question about which workout you should do, just send us a message through the Studio Lounge Forum OR email info@celticore.com

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Champion Training Series
  • BARRE Workout #3: Glutes + Hamstrings [All Levels]

    BARRE is back! Join featured instructor Deirdre Hamilton for a glute + hamstring-focused workout! We'll incorporate lots of controlled extension, power leg lifts and isolated toning to target the muscles Irish dancers need for success on stage. Enjoy Deirdre's expertise & HAVE FUN!

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  • Balance + Control [All Levels]

    This workout focuses on balance + control, two critical aspects of navigating the competition & show stage. We employ a flowing set of exercises designed to help you stabilize and isolate movement, including a challenging series of moves we like to call "Celticore clicks". Enjoy your workout! ...

  • Side-Lying Series 2 [All Levels]

    We present this workout from Camp Rince Ceol - Irish Dance Camp at Union College, NY - where Celticore founder Joe Duffey heads the Pilates program for nearly 500 dancers over the 4 summer camp sessions. This workout utilizes a side-lying Pilates series to tone our legs, reinforce good turnout a...

  • Chloey Turner Fitness meets Celticore [All Levels]

    Chloey Turner Fitness & Celticore join forces to present this high energy workout that can be done with or without equipment, anywhere you like - whether it's at home or dance class. Great as a way to stay fit in advance of the Fall training season, it's a full body workout with a focus on core s...

  • Upper Body Toning for Irish Dancers [All Levels]

    Irish dancers need to have strong arms in order to keep their upper bodies still and controlled at all times while on stage. This workout feature gives you a fantastic arm workout without the need for any additional equipment. Using your own body strength, we will work our triceps, shoulders an...

  • Hamstring Flexibility + Obliques [All Levels]

    We will begin with a creative take on the "saw" - a traditional Pilates exercise that helps to create length in your back, increase hamstring flexibility & strengthen your obliques. From there, we add in some dynamic stretches to mobilize & protect our knees (a request received from a dancer) an...

  • Side-Lying Series 1 [All Levels]

    Side-lying work is a pillar of the Pilates discipline. Here, we use a selection of Pilates side-lying mat work to strengthen, lengthen and tone the major muscles in our legs, with a focus on stability, balance & control.

    Level: All Levels
    What You Need: Mat
    Exercise Credit: Fuse Pilate...

  • On-The-Go Abs 2 Backstage feat. Siobhan Manson - a Fuse Pilates workout [All Levels]

    Our second "On-The-Go Abs" feature takes traditional Pilates corework to the next level. With guest student & longtime Riverdance Lead Dancer Siobhan Manson, we filmed this workout while in the middle of a show with The Young Irelanders, thus demonstrating how easy it is to get in a bit of ab ac...

  • Legs + Glutes Toning 1 [All Levels]

    Here, we flip the Pilates style over onto our hands & knees (also known as the quadriped position), allowing us to target our glutes & legs in a different, challenging way. The "hands & knees" exercises utilized here come from the unique Fuse Pilates method, incorporating elements of barre and t...

  • Obliques + Balance [All Levels]

    This fun workout incorporates Irish dance-specific shoulder bridging, balance work, several oblique challenges and roll-ups. We feature Christina White, a CRC counselor who will model each exercise for students, allowing Joe to present cues + adjustments to help you focus on your own form.

    Le...

  • Shoulder Strength + Stability [All Levels]

    Your shoulders play an important role in helping you maintain good posture while dancing, so we created this workout to target shoulder strength + stability. Classical Pilates constantly cues students to keep shoulders away from ears, thereby helping to lengthen your spine + neck. We'll work th...

  • Turnout + Crossing with World Champion Saoirse Deboy [All Levels] - A Fuse Pilates Workout

    Join Celticore Ambassador & World Champion Saoirse Deboy for an Irish dance specific ab workout with an emphasis on crossing and turnout. We'll focus on proper form, alignment and foot positioning in order to fully engage our cores for Irish dance!

    Level: All Levels
    What You Need:
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  • Turnout + Leg Strength [All Levels]

    In this workout, we'll use a Pilates side-lying position to train turnout muscles as well as working to improve hip stability and leg strength. The side-lying position is derived from the Classical Pilates repertoire, and we'll also throw in some variations from the Fuse Pilates method. Enjoy!
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  • YOGA for Irish Dancers 2 [All Levels]

    In this Yoga-Pilates fusion workout designed for all levels, Celticore founder Joe Duffey will lead you through a flowing series of full-body strengthening exercises, stretches and dynamic movement. Based on some of the principles of Vinyasa Yoga, this workout aims to show you how Irish dancers ...

  • Core Activation, Part 2 [All Levels]

    This workout is the 2nd part of our "Core Activation" series -
    a program of workouts designed to help educate Irish dancers in what exactly it means to engage your core while dancing. In this workout, we'll move through an intelligent abdominal strengthening series as well as other functional ...

  • Toe Height + Ankle Mobility [All Levels]

    This workout focuses on the mechanics of toe height - an important aspect of proper Irish dance technique. We'll use a combination of shoulder bridges, glute activation exercises and ankle mobility tools to target the muscles which help us stay lifted on our toes while dancing. There might be a...

  • Complete Core - Glutes Focus [All Levels]

    Here's another "Complete Core" workout for Irish dancers - a great way to supplement your Irish dance technique training. This workout aims to engage your entire abdominal powerhouse as well as adding in some glute/leg control + toning. Remember to take the workout at your own pace, listen to y...

  • Obliques Pro 2 [Advanced]

    We'll focus on strengthening our obliques in this workout, using a twisting, rotating series of Pilates exercises. Your obliques assist with control and upper body stance while you're dancing. Our sequence in this video workout will challenge you to control each movement - particularly when we ...

  • Plank Series + Core Control [Intermediate]

    We'll give you the tools to ignite your core in this unique "core control" workout, featuring a series of challenging, flowing abdominal exercises as well as a plank set. The overall focus, of course, is to keep strength and precision in your abs in order to help translate directly to your dance...

  • Glutes + Low Abs [Intermediate]

    We'll focus on our legs, glutes & low abs in this workout - using a blend of exercises from the classical and Fuse Pilates disciplines. The included bridging series will help you stabilize from your hips, an excellent tool for improving your control & initiating turnout onstage.

    Level: Inte...

  • Arms + Abs Double Feature [Intermediate]

    We've kicked up our workout a notch with this fun (but challenging!) "double feature" arms + abs series. We're delighted to feature in this this workout music from acclaimed accordionist Damien Mullane. Celticore Founder Joe Duffey toured with Damien in the band Project West earlier this year an...

  • Express Plank Series [Intermediate]

    You certainly won't get bored in this express plank series as we've packed in quite a medley of variations and challenges. By the end of this video, you'll be sweating - guaranteed! Just maybe don't do this right before competing a set round of Kilkenny Races...

    Level: Intermediate
    What Yo...

  • Pure Abs [Intermediate]

    In "Pure Abs", we go through an express series of traditional Pilates work to tone our abs in harmony. This compact workout will ignite your core and prepare you to conquer whatever stage you set foot on.

    Level: Intermediate
    What You Need: Mat
    Exercise Credit: Classical Pilates

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  • Leg + Crossing Focus [Intermediate]

    "Cross your feet!" Chances are, you've heard that line before from your TCRG! In this workout, we're honing in on some of the muscles which help us keep our feet crossed and presented neatly, while also giving our low abs some special attention. From the mat, we'll activate our inner thighs whi...