Ooooohh, Thats Yoga

Posted: October 20, 2012 in Articles, Golf, Tip of the Week

As a personal trainer for a diverse group of people, I use many different modes of training to meet the various needs of my clients.  I also try to diversify exercises to decrease boredom for my client in hopes of increasing exercise adherence.  Often times we will be doing a balance, stretching or strength training activity in which my client will exclaim, “oooooh, that’s Yoga.”  Another comment I get on a regular basis is, “ooooh, that’s Pilates.”  My usual response is, “No. This is movement of the human body!”

In most cases my client is correct that the movement is found in Yoga or Pilates.  As a trainer I am happy to see that my clients can identify with exercises from other modes of training outside of the gym, because it means they have been to at least one group exercise class, most likely more.  However, as a movement specialist, it bothers me to see that my client only sees the movement, balance pose or stretch as being part of a designated form of exercise such as Yoga or Pilates.  After all, it is not that Yoga or Pilates invented the movement, truthfully our body created the movement.  I feel it is much more valuable for the client to see the importance of the exercise as something they use in their every day living or in a sports related skill.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not discrediting Yoga or Pilates; they are wonderful ways to exercise.  Most trainers use exercises and poses from the realms of Yoga and Pilates on a regular basis.  These types of training certainly enhance a personal trainer’s repertoire as they are a great way to supplement a well rounded training session for our clients and are very helpful when you are trying to specifically target a certain aspect of a workout.  My concern is that the client does not realize the benefit the “Yoga” or “Pilates” exercise carries for their body, which should with observed with any exercise.

Also, I am concerned that the client may be using these modes of training exclusively.  This should be avoided just as a person should avoid using running or lifting weights as their only form of exercise.  No one form of exercise should be expected to provide sufficient training for all five fitness components (cardiovascular, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility).  This doesn’t mean a person should be afraid to take a Yoga class once or twice a week.  However, if Yoga or Pilates is the only exercise a person is doing, perhaps they should think about adding some other methods of training to their weekly exercise routine.

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