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{#TransparentTuesday} the plague of insecurity {#TransparentTuesday} the plague of insecurity

{#TransparentTuesday} the plague of insecurity






The other day I booked a private session with a new Pilates instructor at a new studio.
It was a massive fail, and frankly it left me pretty upset.
Before we started, I told the instructor that I had herniated my c-spine disks a long time ago, but that I?m mostly fine now. I also mentioned that I had recently fallen down some stairs and smashed my low back, which currently hurts a lot. (Sigh.)
I also mentioned that I?m a personal trainer who used to regularly lift heavy weights, but that I?m currently on a break from it. She didn?t ask anything further, and I didn?t elaborate.
During our session, the instructor used a lot of vague and inaccurate cues that didn?t make sense to me, like ?squeeze your hips,? and ?make sure you feel your lower back stretching.? At one point I asked what muscles were supposed to be working, since I didn?t think I was doing a particular move right. She paused, and then said flatly ?all of them.?
Clearly this lady was not well educated in exercise science, but I tried to let that go because honestly, I?d hate to miss out on an amazing experience due to linguistic barrier, ya know" I approach the body from an evidence-based science perspective, but that doesn?t mean everyone has to.
After all, when a dance instructor says ?zip up your core,? I don?t stop class to point out that what they really mean is to ?engage your transverse abdominus.? I just translate their message in my head, and I zip my damn core up.
So I figured this lady was no different: she was speaking Pilates, and I just needed to privately translate that into science.
But then she started trying to ?fix? me.
At one point she told me my hamstrings were too tight. I smiled and started to tell her that they?re not especially flexible, but that flexibility for its own sake simply isn?t a priority for me, when she interrupted to talk and tell me I need to stretch them a lot, every day.
She even told me that my lower back probably hurts because my hamstrings are too tight– nevermind the fact that I already told her my lower back hurts because I fell down a flight of stairs.
At this point I was pretty irritated.
This lady felt entitled to assess my body?s ?problems? and offer suggestions, which is annoying in it?s own right, since I specifically told her that my only goal was to ?have more movement in my life.?
The bigger problem though was that her assessment and suggestions were completely unfounded. I do not need to stretch my hamstrings more, for example. In part because they?re fine just the way they are, and in part because a whole bunch of passive stretching has actually been shown to cause a greater sensation of tightness with very little increase in flexibility.
The worst moment in the session was when she said ?you need to lift weights with your upper body, or you?re going to get injured,? without explaining at all why that might be.
I took this as a good time to practice clear, compassionate truth-telling.
I reminded my instructor that I...


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Fuente de la noticia: jessikneeland
Fecha de publicación: 07-06-2017 21:47
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