Guest Post: Lisa Salinger

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Written by Lisa Salinger, BlindAlive Customer Support

earphones-477446_1280Have you ever started a project with high hopes? Maybe you’ve done something like it before, and you just knew this new endeavor would be successful. Then, before you’ve barely started, things go wrong? Unfortunately, I had just such an experience, and I’d like to tell you about it. My hope is that you will learn from my mistakes, and that your path to success will be a smoother one.

Would it surprise you to know that my great adventure in doing things the wrong way started with our workouts? It surprised me. After all, I’ve done other workouts before. I’ve been active since then, but there’s this small detail I neglected to keep in mind. I did those workouts twenty-five years ago.

It’s likely that some of the terminology has changed, and I know that I certainly have. I don’t mean I have become old and decrepit — that’s the last thing I want to say! Certainly, time had gone by, and because I had not done some of these moves in awhile, I had lost the innate ability that seemed to come so easily. Some of the descriptions felt like I was being asked to hop on one foot, pat my stomach with the opposite hand, and whistle Yankee Doodle.

"Todays Lesson" written on a chalkboard

To compound the problem, there weren’t just one of these moves; there were several! I had worked for twelve years as a rehabilitation teacher, so I think it’s safe to say I knew a little bit about how people learn. In a perfect world, I’d have put that knowledge to good use, and learned the workouts — which is what I eventually did.

First, however, I experienced some form of amnesia in which I forgot everything I ever knew. I started playing the first workout and following the instructions. When I got lost, which took practically no time at all, I listened to the detailed descriptions…. all of them. It should come as no surprise that there was no way I could remember all of that, let alone move in any kind of coordinated way.

"Slow Down" Road Sign

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I can only assume that accidentally hitting myself in the head while trying to get it all together finally brought me to my senses. It didn’t matter how much I had worked out. This was completely different — new terms, new music, new everything. Here are the steps that I used to get up to speed with the workouts.

  1. Don’t think of the first few days as part of your workout. If you do, you may be disappointed. During this learning time, your focus should be on performing the exercises correctly. The first day, I learned the warm-up for Cardio Level 1. The next day, I started at the beginning of the workout, and added a bit more. On average, it seems to take about three or four days to learn each workout. If it takes you longer, this just means you will have the workouts more firmly engrained in your memory.
  2. Be patient with yourself. If you haven’t been physically active, some of the exercises may be hard or impossible for you to do right now. It is important not to get discouraged. Several alternatives are suggested, and if you are unsure how to modify a particular exercise, you can always contact us.
  3. Don’t forget the detailed exercise descriptions. Right now, audios are available and because of your requests, we are working on making text copies available as well. For now, you can play the audio descriptions on your computer or mobile device, or download them for later listening on a variety of devices. Learn more about audio downloads on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
  4. Start from scratch. Once you have mastered an entire workout, consider doing it a few times before you add another one. I started learning the exercises in Sculpting with Weights One the day after I finished learning Cardio, and it was a mistake. I ended up having to review one or two of the cardio exercises, and ultimately ended up staying with that workout for about a week before adding another.

Keep going! Once you’ve put the time into learning the workouts, you’ll want to do them consistently. This way, you’re not learning the moves from scratch each time. Also, the more you do, the better you’ll get. At least I hope that’s the case. I’m told that in another three or so months, I might even stop hitting myself in the head!

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  1. I’m the same way. My legs are a total mess from bruising due to running into things. And now with my memory starting to fade I can’t remember what I did to hurt myself yet I’ll have another black & blue mark, have one now and I only knew it was there because it was sore to the touch. Ohhh the joys of getting older hahaha.

  2. I always have black and blue spots that come from unknown hazards – then I will sometimes just run into a doorway or a table or something, and realize that this is why I have so many black and blue spots! I am definitely in the klutz category!

  3. I know what you mean about vision and the greater impact it can have. Arthritis is a rough one just about anywhere. I have a little in my neck also and occasionally it contributes to my back/neck pain however thankfully it’s not a day to day issue. Having restricted movement of the neck is difficult to live with and it sounds like the design of your new home will help make things easier for you.

  4. There certainly is more to vision than what people usually think of… I’ve now had so many accidents that I have arthritis in my neck. I’m glad it’s not in my knees or anywhere else, but all the same I can’t really look up anymore, which means I’m even MORE likely to hit my head on things! The downsized home we’re building is going to have all overhead hazards eliminated. Open shelves above benchtops, etc. I’ll still find something, though… or rather my head will! It really is a wonder I have anything left to think with.

  5. Don’t quit is the hard part. That reminds me I really should do my exercises today! And I’m another klutz. Never realised until a few years ago that there might be a connection between my klutziness and the bad vision in one eye affecting depth perception.

  6. I’m glad to hear that you’re doing well and enjoying summer. Wishing you success on the completion of your writing project. Thank you for coming by and reading Lisa’s post, it’s always a pleasure to see you. Blessings to you my friend <3

  7. Hello Stephanae! Doing well and beginning to enjoy the summer! Hoping to get some long over due writing project worked on!! Enjoyed your guest post! Thank you for sharing. Blessings friend:) denise

  8. As a self professed klutz I’ve had more than my share of hits to the head and just about everywhere else. It wasn’t until I was in my 40s that my one eye doctor said that the reason I fall so much could be due to my depth perception being off kilter – DUH. Ya think? Geez and all this time I was thinking I could have had a career as a stunt woman, talk about missed opportunities.

  9. Yes, it takes time to get the hang of a particular exercise. I do physical therapy exercises and the key word is Don’t Quit!
    Sherri Rodgers

  10. Good post! You are SO right, don’t count the first 3 days!! Flesh HATES when we set our minds on fitness!! Pushing past the 3 to manifest the victory!! Enjoyed! Thank you!

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