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What is that woman THINKING!

Monday, July 26, 2010

I like exercising to videos/DVDs at home, & lately have been finding a few new ones to try at the library. Well this morning it was Jillians 30 day Shred. I did the 20 workout of Phase 1, & actually partially kind of enjoyed it. HOWever. The usual warnings at the beginning of exercise videos ASIDE - Seems to me some of her exercises verge on dangerous. Phase 1 wasn't THAT bad or unusual, but let's just say it's a "high impact" workout. What I'm beating around the bush & getting to here, was a comment she made during the jumping jacks. (one of several sets) She said they would not be demonstrating any modifications on jumping jacks. She said she had "400 pound clients who did jumping jacks, & so there was no reason I couldn't do them too" What I wonder is if she pays for peoples blown knees & back surgeries if someone has disk problems, etc. I know... the disclaimer. And yes, I found the dvd to be motivational. But I'd be afraid to do it again, what with achilles tendonitis in the past, not to mention back problems. I thought it was funny though, after a comment like that, during the stretch at the end, she's all being careful telling people how to stretch & not stretch - "We don't want any injuries here!" (???!!) How funny - you're worried about me being injured NOW?!

YES I certainly DID have a choice to do the exercises or not do them. I guess I just feel like it would have been a teensy bit more responsible for her to have thrown in something like, "If you have any BACK or joint problems, you should not be doing this! I've had a couple of very brief experiences with trainers in the past, & have never met one that recommended high impact exercise. I even had one slightly discourage me from running on the treadmill because running is very hard on your joints.

I don't blog alot, but that workout this morning was interesting. Partly because it was new, it was motivating, but I know I need to curtail it back a little & stick to low impact.

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  • SAL1512
    It is great that you tried something a little different. Good thing you know how to take care of yourself!
    3703 days ago
  • SAL2525
    Oh boy my knees are aching just thinking of that work out. I would be really careful. One of my fears as I exercise is that I will hurt something and then have to take time off from exercising. Being able to get on my treadmill and walk keeps me sane! Sal emoticon
    3711 days ago
    Boy do I hear you on her. I usually only do Leslie Sansone. I did do Billy Blanks, Jr. Cardioke, which was fun. I see her on The Biggest Loser and her new show and I don't think I would like her. I know she is supposed to MAKE YOU WORKOUT, but I want to do things that I enjoy and not hate working out. I'm a wuss, but I like you don't want to hurt myself while working out. See, we do have a lot in common. LOL
    3711 days ago
    I think Jillian is an amateur who has more responsibility than she knows....and so she may be motivational, but she is not an exercise physiologist. So you are right to avoid high impact exercises.....

    Hang in there, and do what YOU need to do. (Been there, done that, blew a knee..but several years later I am able to jog again...but your blog is a reminder that I should listen to those little aches and pains a bit more).

    3712 days ago
    Good catch! I don't think anybody would ever really want to get someone else in trouble and especially since you may be in for problems like rotator cuff - had that myself- to knee, foot, elbow, hip - any joint or any part of your back could go out anytime with stress or force in the wrong direction, whether it is caused by doing and exercises wrong or a fall or an accident. A child could mess up your knee kicking it from the side.

    We sometimes forget others may be more fragile than we are too due to factors like loss of bone density. Also if you haven't been able to exercise in a while jumping jacks are a lot of activity. Always use your head even if the person leading the program doesn't.

    This doesn't sound like a person who is very sensitive to others but maybe she was just trying to condense due to time constraints.

    Thanks for the timely warning today! emoticon
    3712 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/26/2010 11:25:59 PM
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