Having recently been in Charleston and gone on a ‘Ghost Tour’, Halloween approaching and one of my clients proudly telling me that she had bought a skeleton at a Halloween store, I, too, became inspired to get a small plastic skeleton. And since things must have a name, I decided to call him (it is indeed a male skeleton) Skelly.
Whether I teach a class or train a private client, I always want to educate as well as provide a good workout experience. Analogies are my favorite ways of relating things, but nothing beats visual tools, and I almost wonder what took me so long to get Skelly.
This morning, he had his first semi-public appearance as I was talking about the role of a quadriceps and why it gets tight. Or, to be more specific, why only one of the four quadriceps muscles, the rectus femoris, gets tight. It’s the one that is bi-articular and crosses the hip and the knee joint and thus is always in a shortened position when sitting. It was not the first time I had talked about it but the effect today truly created an understanding as I used my dynaband to simulate the rectus femoris and its position relative to the two joints it crosses. As they say: a picture is worth a thousand words.
This coming Monday, though, Skelly will need to be on my porch to scare all the little goblins who are bound to threaten with a trick but will settle for a treat.