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Salvere Blog: Not Knowing and Learning New Things

March 2, 2021

by Salvere Health and Fitness

When presented with an opportunity to do something new – do you feel excited or overwhelmed? Does it matter the topic of the new “thing”? Do you change your expectation of yourself depending on the topic? For example, if you start an education program or read on an unfamiliar topic, do you give yourself more patience to spend learning? What about a new skill?

In fitness, we present new skills and movements fairly regularly. We demonstrate and talk about the skill then expect that’s all we need to learn how it’s done. This could be something complex like the mountain climber or something simple such as the squat. As fitness professionals, we can approach teaching a new movement in the same way we teach math or learning a foreign language.

Breaking down the squat first. Feet hip width apart, keep your head up and sit back, don’t let your knees go over your toes. Sound somewhat familiar? Sometimes the knees do actually go over the toes and sometimes we need to address alignment from sitting, crossing the legs or even wearing a wallet in the back pocket. What if somewhere feels painful? What if it’s the first time doing them?

Now, after looking at the squat, imagine all we need to learn before we attempt the mountain climber. Starting with a high plank as the first step. Once you feel comfortable with a high plank, try lifting a leg or arm. Then build into a moving your knee in towards your elbow slowly. Can you do it without dropping into your lower back? This process might take a year or more to learn. (FWIW — As a trainer, I don’t include mountain climbers in my own workouts and I’ve been exercising for decades!)

Do you look at not knowing as something exciting or overwhelming or scary or something else? Lets experiment with applying curiosity to movement and giving yourself patience and grace to take the time to let your body guide you through progressions. Learning also can be through letting go.

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email or call 410.707.0055. We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.