My Flexibility Training Manifesto
I can't JUST teach a Flexibility class. I gotta write a set of principles I train by, and teach by(I am extra like that). I had these written as a note, and then I thought why not share it with you lovely folks so you understand where I am coming from when you do a class with me! So here it goes —
- Flexibility training is actually strength training
I know! It's sneaky like that. We will be training flexibility, but also train your muscles to be strong enough to sustain and support the stretch. Because getting injured is no fun. Also, guess what you need to take your split from the floor to the pole? Active flexibility! Which is another name for...you guessed it, strength based flexibility.
- Work hard, not smart
It's the obvious outcome from the first point, yeah? You will be working hard. And not the "it hurts so much because my hamstring has never been this stretched" kinda hard work. We are not going for that (see point 1). It's gonna be the "my muscles are shaking from the strength exercises" kinda hard work. No shortcuts here. Which brings us to —
- Partner Stretching is a dirty word(2 words?)
Who else freaks out when they hear the word 'partner stretching'? Yes, there's definitely many many benefits to this (when done the right way), but many times it ends up being your 'partner' pushing you deeper into a stretch. There isn't any of that in my classes. You are as flexible as you are at that moment. We are working towards increasing our flexibility safely using YOUR OWN STRENGTH, not go deeper into a stretch using not so safe methods.
- Always be training
So you train flexibility maybe 60 minutes a week. If you're really good maybe you do it 3 times that, or if you're REALLY good you do it 7 times that (please teach me your ways). Even if that's true, there's all those other 23 hours in every day when you're not flexibility training (and you could be!). Training flexibility doing life is my current obsession, and a topic I love to chat about while we are doing those strengthening exercises in class.
- Gimme the Whats and the Whys
I want to teach you how to fish instead of buying you fish, or however that saying goes(ESL here, please assume good intent). I want to explain exactly what we are doing in class, and why we are doing it. I like to hear the rationale behind things when I attend other classes, so I like to tell my students the rationale too when I teach. And if you don't care, oh well, I hope you like the sound of my voice enough to humor me by listening.
Does any of this sound like your cup of tea? I would love to have you in my class. I am currently teaching on Saturdays at Pure Delish in Culver City, Los Angeles. I do tiny, tiny classes (6 people only), so sign up early if you're interested and Let's Get Flexy!