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Nov. 7, 2021

Injured? Go To Class

Got an injury? Think you need to stay away from classes? Kim disagrees.


Transcript

Hey everyone, Kim here. 

I want to talk to you for a minute about attending class when you're injured. 

One of the excuses I always hear is I hurt too bad or I injured myself, so I can't make it to class. 

Okay. I get it. I totally understand. I've injured myself. I'm accident prone sometimes, and it happens.

But why wouldn't you come to class? Don't you think that stretching things out, maybe strengthening other muscles might help prevent those injuries in the future. 

Tell your instructor what hurts and let them know before so that they can help you adjust accordingly. 

Don't just stay away. That makes absolutely no sense at all.

I had knee surgery, I don't know, about five years ago and I was in a immobilizer and I knew that going into surgery, I needed to be in the best shape that I could be and prepared for it mentally. So that's what I did. 

After surgery when I was in the immobilizer, I was craving what I couldn't get because I was stuck not being able to move.

I actually went and attended a class and it was a class that was focused on your glutes and your core. And obviously when it came to squat time, I couldn't do it. I mean, how am I going to do squats when I'm not supposed to put any weight on my leg? So instead of doing squats, I stayed on the floor and I did crunches.

And, you know, after I felt amazing. 

And when I went to my followup appointment for my knee, my post-surgery, he was amazed at how I was recovering. I really feel that it was because I was attending classes and still moving. Mentally I was in a good place and I was able to push myself a little bit further than I probably normally would if I would've just stayed laying in bed and being sad for myself.

I've had many clients who have had back injuries and, they say that they just can't come to class. Lots of times it's from gardening. Most likely it's just from leaning over too much and you need to stretch your muscles. 

So. I tell them come to class and I will help. Sometimes they do sometimes they don't, but I will tell you the ones that have come to class and let me know before that they've injured themselves, they felt amazing after. 

You really have nothing to lose by trying. 

Don't push yourself where you're in extreme pain or anything. Of course you need to listen to your body and I want you to listen to your body, but you need to try to help yourself and you need to move. 

So if you hurt your back, come to a class, try it. You have nothing to lose by coming. And if it hurts too much, just don't do it. Do something else. 

Your instructor will always guide you to things that are safe. If they don't, you're in the wrong class, you shouldn't be attending. 

All right, guys, that's my advice for this morning and I hope to see and talk to many of you guys soon. Bye.