Why choose Design Fitness? Why choose the various classes offered? What's your “why”?
My “why” became very apparent this weekend. I was out for a walk with my husband and dogs when my left foot encountered a very uneven piece of asphalt. Time seemed to slow down and I could acutely feel my left ankle going into a devastating roll. My brain immediately thought “OH NO - I sprained that ankle as a child and I'm at much greater risk of spraining it again...I don't have access to my chiropractor...I'm going to be sidelined for weeks...!!” Time stood still as I took my next hesitant step...then another...and another... My husband saw the event transpire and called out to see if I was okay. Indeed I was - I barely broke stride!
What had just happened? I had found my “why”!
I knew immediately that Design Fitness was to thank for the fact that I wasn't sitting on the ground or hobbling home. Every class I had taken over the years had prepared me for that very moment. Every monster band walk, every plank, every foot exercise we did, every balance exercise, every time Terry asked us to close our eyes and let our bodies wobble, everything had led to this - an injury prevented.
On Saturday I participated in the Adults and Weights class. There was a lot of single leg balance exercises which made the class challenging. Walking involves being on a single leg for a period of time, so developing strength and stability on a single leg is very important. On Sunday I participated in Terry's new Cardio Yoga offering. It too was a challenge, but she always reminds us that we can do hard things. The more I dislike a particular exercise - the more I know I need to do it. That class had plenty of balance challenges and a lot of foot activation as well. The combination of these two classes are what helped my body react so quickly to the unstable surface I was on. My feet were primed to detect the problem and my central nervous system (brain) was ready to respond accordingly. A series of rapid events occurred which allowed me to walk away unscathed. My body has been trained to respond to these challenges and I have Terry to thank for that.
I might not always enjoy moving my body in the way she suggests, but it's because of those very movements that I am able to move freely today...and for that I am truly grateful.