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When my sister and I were just little tykes, we used to go to the park with our dad. He noticed that unlike the other little girls that whirred around the horizontal monkey bars in continuous circles, I could only produce a 3/ 4 revolution.
Dad is a man of science, love, and innovation, so at the time he did what any loving father would do: he gave me a little push. This helped me move within my capacity without getting hurt.
Moving beyond capacity is easily done when we’re adults. We get impatient with ourselves because we haven’t worked out in years so we go for a bike ride or adrenaline infused workout at the gym. This 0-60 methodology very often is a recipe for injury, or re-injury. And then we’re side-lined away from the activity we were hoping to pursue!
I didn’t remember the push Dad gave me, probably too stuck on myself to remember (or too little?). But I did remember making lots of successful revolutions. Gymnastics and dance classes became the next step, where I proudly performed cartwheels of shame in both classes. The teachers guided me so that I could build up endurance and strength along with coordination and grace. Those cartwheels were practiced long after I refused to take classes because “…these teachers don’t know what they’re doing.” Okay, so I was a LOT stuck on myself.
Today, I wouldn’t dare just flop myself on the horizontal monkey bars and go for a spin, I’d hurt myself. I haven’t built up capacity; I don’t have the endurance to keep good form. And they hurt!
But, want a perfect cartwheel? You got it.
By Monique Molino
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