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How to Have a “Pippin the Musical” Inspired Workout

Y’all know I’m a theater geek and yesterday I was able to go see Pippin the Musical at the Straz Center thanks to the Straz’s Tweet Seat program.

I went with my bestie Katie Mulford! Here we are getting goofy after the show:


Let me just start by saying that Pippin was AMAZING! Phenomenal! Fantastic! Just plain AWESOME! A magical show, indeed.

The singing, the dancing, the acrobatics! Oh my!!

You get a taste of the phenomenal staging in this photo, courtesy of Pippin the Musical:


And in this promo video clip from the Pippin Tour:

As you can see, this show has it all! (Yes, there’s even an adorable puppy cameo!!)

Plus, it was just plain inspiring!

I plan to have a Pippin the Musical-inspired workout today–and you should too!

Here’s how!

How to have a Pippin the Musical Inspired Workout:

1) Get upside down!


The show had more handstands, trapeze dancing, and acrobatic tricks than I’ve ever seen before in a Broadway show! You get a little like the performances by flipping your world upside down. (Feel free to use a wall and I don’t recommend the one arm balances high in the air for a while–SO IMPRESSIVE!)

2) Have a strong core


The musical even used fitness balls as props and dance accessories. To sit on them, sing on them, dance with them, you definitely need to have a strong core. So dig out your ball, make sure it’s inflated, and get to work. Don’t have one? You can always do boat pose (variation shown below) and pretend that you’re rambling down a river like the the one Pippin sings about in the song “Corner of the Sky.”

3) Sing while you run!


Yes, Pippin the Musical contains a sing-a-long song. So open your mouth and start singing in your favorite song while you’re working out! I was actually told to sing and run when I was in high school by my voice teacher to work on my lung capacity. Give it a shot! (Who cares what the people around you will think? Maybe they will even join in!)

4) Stay present


It’s all about the here and now folks! As Pippin’s Grandma says “You think too much, that’s your problem. You have to learn to live in the moment.” Stay connected to the here and now–whether you’re working out, talking to a friend, or just re-fueling with a post-workout snack. It makes all the difference in the world!

5) Get flexy


Because BOY are those Pippin dancers FLEXIBLE! So talented. You don’t have to bust out the splits (unless, of course, you can do them safely and with square hips), but you may want to work on your hamstring and hip flexibility. Take the time to really stretch–even if you hate it! You’ll thank me later.

6) It doesn’t need to be big, grand, or “extraordinary” to be a wonderful, happy, fulfilling experience!


It’s all about the little things y’all.

Did I miss something? Share your Pippin-inspired fitness ideas with me! I know I for one need to take an acrobatics class ASAP and brush up on my aerial yoga!!! 

We had an ABSOLUTE BLAST at this incredible show–with much “magic to see.”  Thank you so much to the incredibly talented cast and crew of Pippin the Musical and to the Straz Center for the tickets.


Pippin will be at the Straz Center through Sunday, April 19. Be sure to get your tickets if you’re in Tampa–you don’t want to miss this! Check out the Pippin Tour schedule to see when it comes to a city near you!


  • Lisa

    April 15, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Haha, I love that you created a Pippin the Musical-inspired workout.
    The show was amazing, but I don’t think I’ll be trying to recreate any of their moves anytime soon!

  • Running Betty

    April 15, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Hula Hooping!

  • Caitlyn

    April 15, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    How fun! Love your take on it 🙂

  • Run DMT

    April 16, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    What a creative post! This Pippin review is just perfectly you! Well done! And now, if you excuse me, I need to get upside down and sing a bit.