Yesterday afternoon marked the first occurrence of a MELT Length and Strength small group class which was dedicated from the onset as such.
I had been wrestling with the question on how to implement such a format into a group setting. One-on-one is easy, and I had done that long enough. There are a few MELT Strength moves which I had interspersed into my regular class, and then there were those very few occasions when the number of participants was not too great, and they were all pro-MELTers so that I could introduce the greater challenges of MELT Strength.
But this haphazard way did not feel right. Particularly after coming back from a MELT Refresh course in New York last month, I was determined to make it work.
From here on out, I will teach this in a small group of four participants at my studio every Sunday at 4 PM. Being at my studio allows me to advise whether the prospective participant has the base knowledge to make it a good fit. It also allows me to get to everybody and make sure that they are doing it right.
Since MELT Strength is not about barbell pumping, muscle building hypertrophy of pecs and biceps but instead about the re-integration of intrinsic stabilizers of the hip, shoulder girdle and core, it is important not to allow compensatory patterns to take over the small desired movements of the targeted muscles. That’s the reason for the small group.