Popularity vs Expertise
Learn from my mistakes. I took a class with a highly reputable studio a few weeks ago. We were instructed to go into the #splits 10 minutes into class and I was barely warm. Consequently I lost my two block over split and couldn’t even touch down in my splits afterwards.
Please remember just because someone is popular it does not mean they know what they are doing. Popularity can come from great PR, Ads and Publicity.
Expertise comes from studding and formal qualifications such as health science degrees.
3 weeks later I am finally in a 1 block split but I still have a lot to go before I even reach my starting point again.
Don’t do something that does not feel right because the person is popular and a leader in the industry. Do what feels right for your body and search for trainers with qualifications.
It’s always ok to ask what your teachers qualifications are. There are a lot of unqualified teachers out there that can and will do damage to your body. You only have one so treat it right!
Implied Qualifications vs Real Qualifications
When you are searching for a trainer it can be pretty easy to be mislead. For instance there are many fancy words out there like anatomical stretching or trained by “Leading popular name in the industry. ” This can lead to false sense of security or assumed qualifications.
While they may have been trained by someone who has qualifications without having the knowledge to work with the body does not qualify the instructor.
When it comes to injuries, the balancing act of strength and stretching you need to be able to draw from your tools and deep understanding of the bodies functionality.
Not only are we looking for qualifications but the weight of them. For instance someone who has done a personal training course can be qualified in 12 weeks online. 12 weeks is not nearly long enough to understand the complexities of the contraindications that happen when we move stretch or strengthen certain areas of the body. Little alone the fact that they have not worked on the body with live participants or learned how to safely manipulate the students body with hands on adjustments.
That is exactly why a physical therapist is a doctorate degree because there is so much more you need to learn to safely work the body.
My first contortion teacher whom I will forever have on a pedestal is Anya Schevelyuk. Not only did she become a contortionist from scratch in her adult life, Anya has a physical therapy degree and a nursing degree. If I trust any one with my body it’s her.
Ask for the qualifications before you invest your body and time there are plenty of instructors out there with 0 qualifications which means 0 insurance that can get you flexible fast but it will come at a cost and your body will wear it.
Recommended Instructors & Coaches
I am not the be all and end all and I will never claim to be. I am forever a student just like everyone else. The day you stop learning is the day you fall behind the curve.
I know of many wonderful instructors that I feel safely recommending as I have experienced working with them and I know their education and history.
Feel free to send me an email with your goals and what you are looking to achieve. If I can’t assist you I will recommend a trusted coach. At the end of the day I want you to get the best results for your body.
I hope this information will get you on the right track to your goals safely.
Here’s to good health,