Sunday, January 22, 2012
Can Yoga Increase Your Risk of Injury?
If you didn't see the New York Times article about injuries from yoga, you should check it out. It has been a big controversy in the fitness community over the past few weeks. In a nutshell, the article presents the reader with the risks associated with yoga. Including but not limited to spine, knee and shoulder injuries, as well as certain positions putting students at risk for potential strokes.
Since I have been practicing yoga myself for 1-2 times per week, my clients have asked me for my opinion on the content of the article. I have to say I agree that there is significant risk when you take a yoga class, let alone a group exercise class. My position is that you are in fact in a GROUP exercise class. The instructors don't really know your body individually, so they shouldn't be adjusting you past your range of motion that you may or may not be able to achieve. We all have our limitations and usually we know what they are. For example, when I have trained someone, I know what they can and can't do. I understand what their limitations are because I have looked at their body using MAT (muscle activation techniques) and I am always keeping that in mind as we go through our workouts. However, we need to remember that is an individualized session (one on one), so it should be catered towards your personal needs.
So when my clients and friends ask me about taking a yoga (even pilates) classes, I tell them this: it is your responsibility when you take yoga (or any other classes) to say no or raise your hand at the beginning of class if you do not want to be adjusted. When you chose to take classes like that, you need to remember the one thing that it's about...leave your ego at the door! It's not what you do, but how you feel when you do it. Ask yourself...is it making you stronger? Is it helping your balance? Are you challenged or are you overwhelmed with the thought of even getting into a pose? If you feel overwhelmed, then you should know what to do...try to come to terms with your physical limitations. If you feel like something is going to hurt or injure you, then it may be possible. You know your body the best!
And once again...leave your ego at the door. I do, and that's why I will keep doing yoga.
Posted by Stephanie Turner at 4:50 PM No comments:
Monday, January 9, 2012
Posted by Stephanie Turner at 12:58 PM No comments:
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Fit Up 2012 Personal Training Deals
Are you ready to make some changes for 2012? We've got the perfect personal training packages to make sure you commit to fitness for 2012!
To sign up call 312.523.3131 or go to www.trainingbysteph.com
3 times a week $715 for one month ($55/hour)
3 times a week $1378 for 2 months ($53/hour)
3 times a week $1450 for 3 months ($50/hour)
Lose It Tone It
2 times a week $540 for one month ($60/hour)
2 times a week for 2 months ($57/hour)
2 times a week for 3 months ($55/hour)
1 time a week $260 for a month ($65/hour)
1 time a week $496 for 2 months ($62/hour)
1 time a week for $720 3 months ($60/hour)
Posted by Stephanie Turner at 5:36 PM No comments:
Subscribe to: Posts (Atom)