Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Are you a dogger or a pusher when it comes to working out

Generally, I've found that people tend to be either a pusher or a dogger when they work out. Total oversimplification but over the years it's rare I've met someone completely balanced in terms of how they approach working out. Often times, I work on helping people find a balance between the two work out types and also help them know when to push and when to pull back a bit. Our work out type can really depend on the day. Some days we really need to dig deep and push ourselves and other days, it's time to chill a bit and focus on restoration.


Definition of dogger:

Someone who needs to be strongly encouraged to challenge themselves physically. If they had their choice they would be doing hatha yoga and would keep doing remedial pilates mat work if they knew it would give them the same benefit as heart thumping full body strength work and conditioning. They haven't quite yet gotten addicted to the feeling that full effort provides their mind and body and soul. In the long run, doggers might complain about a lack of results and tend to pack it in because they get discouraged about the change they aren't seeing in their bodies.

Definition of pusher:

Someone who loves what it feels like to sweat, loves feeling their heart thumping in their chest and will sacrifice form and technique in order to achieve this work out buzz. They need help learning how to become more body aware and move more precisely. Pushers are more likely to get injured because they aren't necessarily tuning into their bodies. Pushers are also more likely to get into an over training situation and ignore their bodies cues when they are run down or sick. Time off working out is more a result of being forced to take time off due to progressive sickness that just won't go away or injuries that are ignored and get progressively worse.

When I get to know a client better, I will let them know where I think they fit in a very compassionate way of course. My goal in working with people is to find balance. When we work towards balance in our bodies that includes the right amount of effort and frequency in training, the right amount of food, enough sleep and generally looking for vitality, an


happens where things just start to click and results flow easily without what feels like too much effort.

It's magic.

Jane Clapp


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