Salvere Blog: Cheating and Girl PushUps

by Salvere Health and Fitness
Continuing the journey of investigating how we say things and what we reference with regard to moving our bodies. Through many years of training sessions, I hear how often the choice of words impacts how a client feels about their ability to do something or their expectation of what they “should” be able to do. The words cheating and “girl” pushups (or some other reference to the “girl kind”) find their way into our fitness vocabulary quite often.
Okay, so cheating. When you hear the word cheating what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Looking up the definition of cheating it’s something dishonest or unfair and normally done intentionally. When I hear it during workout sessions it’s usually with regard to something form related. What if instead of saying “oh was I cheating?” or even “I was cheating.” We say something along the lines of “oh I wasn’t using full range of motion” or “wow, I learned something new I didn’t know that was what it was supposed to feel like.”
What about acknowledging the challenge with movement and learning something new? Like other things, remember the practice piece. As your teacher, we can help you understand the weeks and months it takes to get a challenging movement to feel comfortable. With certain movements, it takes time for your body to unlearn sitting posture or something else in order to change the form.
And now moving into the girl push-ups comment. I’ll even extend this to saying run like a girl or throw like a girl. And you hear these terms do you think it’s a positive statement or a compliment? Historically this statement does not imply something complimentary. How about instead of using the term girl push-up we call them modified? How about being proud of whatever version challenges you?
The more time I spend with clients, the more I learn how much what we say to ourselves (either in our heads or outloud) makes a difference. I see many people start an exercise program and feel bad because they can’t do something without thinking about the fact that they never did that particular thing before. Instead of minimizing or diminishing based on what we “can’t do” or feel like we “should” be able to do, how can we change these conversations? How as professionals in the industry can we help change this?”
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call 410.707.0055.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

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