Learning Something New

Learning Something New

As CBFers who were in the gym last week already know, we’re using a new piece of exercise equipment called a TRX Rip. In the video below, you’ll see its inventor explaining some of the reasons for and exercises with the Rip (there’s some trainer lingo but you’ll get the gist).

It is an excellent device because it enables you to work on core strength, balance, and coordination all at once. The Rip offers a new way to work with varying, unbalanced loads and strengthen muscles and maintain range of motion in joints to manage dynamic forces.

Whenever you learn how to exercise with something new, there may be several key elements to master so you can perform an exercise safely and properly to dervive all the benefits from it. Here are some things to keep in mind:

- Focus first on safety. See how it feels at the low-end of force or range of motion. Feel how it will challenge your body and if you sense any vulnerabilities. Be in control.

- Master one element at a time. Few people get everything just perfect the first couple of times. With a device like a Rip, correct posture and hand and foot position are a good place to start. Feel what the exercise demands before trying to maximize what you can do.

- Be patient. Your mind/body has a storehouse of movement patterns ready to be activated. However, as a modern-day older adult, you haven’t used many of them in decades. Allow yourself the time to get the movement right, then you can turn your attention to extending your limits (in the case of the Rip, further stretching that cord).

With the short circuit intervals we use at CBF, it can take a few times on new equipment to master it. D & C often notice something isn’t being done just right, but say nothing unless it involves safety. Maybe we’ll just suggest a single element to improve, although there are more than one. That’s because it’s very confusing and frustrating to remember and execute everything that goes into a complex exercise.

This much is guaranteed: If you attend the Younger Games consistently, you will master it and all the benefits will be yours.





No Fluff Exercise

No Fluff Exercise

The photo below is of Lindsey Vonn, the winningest alpine skier in US history, training at her home in Vail, Colorado. The picture, shot by Dina Litovsky, appears along with others in this inspiring and eye-opening article the Olympic Issue of The New York Times Magazine.

At 33 years of age, old for a downhill racer, she’ll be going for gold in South Korea, after bouncing back, as author Stephanie Pearson accounts, from “multiple ruptured knee ligaments, a fractured right humerus, a concussion and an acute facet spinal-joint dysfunction” over her storied career.

Though separated by a few decades in age, CBFers have more in common with her than they might realize, especially how and why we exercise (okay, we don’t do the ropes while standing on an upside down Bosu).


Read the article and you’ll feel right at home in her gym. You’ll recognize the equipment and exercises.

She is still able to perform at a high-level because of her dedication to exercise. As her trainer says, “There’s no fluff.” She’s consistent, works hard then rests, and eats right to support the demands on her body.

Lindsey does this despite her musculoskeletal limitations. That’s how she continues to function, and it’s true for people at every age.

Whether not Lindsey medals in South Korea, she’s already won in the game of life.