That was a lot of fun for the most part. I was dismayed by only 1 presenter. Her presentation and workshop showed me nothing particularly new, considering the topic was the benefits of aquatics on osteoporosis. I thought it would be a most interesting subject since most of the research I've heard of says that osteoporosis is NOT helped by aquatic work. So, I was actually excited about it.
As far as I could tell, her only point to any advantages to working in water for osteo. is that the client/patient has less of a issue with bones breaking on impact. Folks with osteo can't really work hard on a treadmill to improve bone density, or get a good cardio beneficial workout. So, to that point, yes, I see that. You are less likely to break a bone in the water and yes, you'd be able to get a good cardio workout in the water too.
Then, her verbal presentation, she just read from her powerpoint. OMG! I was so bored. The aquatic workout didn't give me much either. After 2 hours that's all I got.
I wanted to question her about the not helping osteo bit but I was afraid of how I might've said it being unphased by her presentation so I just let it go. I seem to show and speak exactly what I'm feeling. Oh well. Moving on.
I did, however, get some refreshing ideas from 2 other presenters. One was a physical therapist from San Diego, I believe, who's presentation was on aquatics and total joint replacements. Right up my alley! The other was a presenter I've known for over 20 years. Craig Stuart. I love him. He's also the creator/owner of Hydro-fit. He brings enthusiasm to his presentations and you just know he doesn't just sit back on his laurels, he continuously researches and grows himself. I love (and own) his equipment, too.
This was the 2nd time I've gone to some all-day seminars this summer. I know I can receive CEC's on-line but I really like going to live workshops. Getting hands-on experience is priceless. Yes, I typically have to travel a few hours each way to get to them, but I usually find it worth the getting up super early & driving at the crack of nothing to get there.
I honestly wish more fitness instructors would do this. Considering how many there are in this state alone, I believe very few actually take the time and spend the money to go to these things. I think it highly important to continue learning, even if you feel it's what not to do, you can learn, stay refreshed, excited, current and give your clients some new information. No, I don't always agree with the presenter. I remember, much of the time their presentations include a lot of their opinions. You don't have to agree with it all, but you may be able to take something away with you.
I've learned to not give all of my new ideas to my classes all at once. I did that in the past and just about killed them, so I sprinkle in the new stuff over time. My classes used to say that I wasn't allowed to go to conferences or seminars anymore because of it.
But, I'm much better now!
I did, however, get caught in a haboob on my way home.
What the heck is a haboob, you may ask? Well, it's a massive dust storm. All you can see is beige. No sky, no roads, no street/highway signs, nothing. I was on the freeway near Casa Grande when it got so bad that I couldn't even see the highway exit signs about 25-50 yds. ahead of me. they were there, then they weren't. You couldn't see the cars/vehicles ahead of you either. Very freakin' scary.
I decided to pull over and wait it out, which took a whopping 15 min. of my time. Turned off the lights, took my foot off the brake pedal and sat. In just a bit of time, I looked in my rear view mirror to see about 6-8 other vehicles lined up behind me. Unfortunately, many others just kept driving. I was definitely not in that big of a hurry.
It did, as I said, begin to move off and I could see enough ahead of me to feel confident to continue on my way. Then I got hit with the remnants of a thunderstorm. Oh well, cleaned my truck off some.
I was stunned. If he wasn't there, why did I have an appointment? AGHHHHHHHHHHHH!
I left, had my massage, poor Sergio, then went to get my bloodwork drained.
When did the medical profession decide that our time was less valuable than theirs? 5.5 hours of my life wasted, that I'll never get back. I'd be fired if I worked that way. I just don't get it. If anyone can explain & make sense of it, PLEASE tell me. I'd really like to know.
Now, on to happier things...birthdays.
Going to celebrate some birthdays this weekend. One friend and my sis G. They're born on the same day but different years. I gave G. a very uncharacteristic card yesterday. A sweet, honest, touchy, feely kinda card. It made her cry. I wanted her to know that she is one of my dearest friends and confidants, not just my sister. I don't think we tell our siblings that enough and I really wanted her to know her value in my life. We don't agree on many things but she means the world to me. She needed to know that too. I told her I gave it to her in private after I took her to lunch 'cuz I didn't want her blowing my reputation. I'll be giving her my usual sarcastic card tomorrow when the family takes her out to dinner.
I gave G. a 4 pack of Buck & Judy's Dang Rubs. She wasn't pleased, at first when she saw the gift but I told she'd be happy when she opened it....and she was. She's bugged me for these for some time. Glad she now has her own. So i9s she.
I love celebrating birthdays. Mine or other peoples. I feel awful for people afraid of their upcoming birthdays. I celebrate me and so should everyone else! Ta-da! read that any way you want, I love it all.
Off to finish cleaning the house. Enough of this slacking. I'll be back to dance class again this week so join me, won't you?
Peace out folks. Be healthy