Tutorial: Round 3
This is a routine of exercises designed to help you find strength, endurance and focus. Concentrate on a correct, straight alignment and if you have a mirror in front of you, use it. This round combines exercises alternating between further deep squats and balancing with a totally vertical spine.
Deep, slow breathing is highly encouraged as it will help you strengthen your major muscle groups, particularly the core and legs, and help to develop coordination and smooth transitions through flowing movement. The Awkward pose is particularly good for endurance training.
Use this round as a means to "fire up the body" and challenge your mental mindset and commitment. Don't give up!
Talk about timing.
Have you read about the BoxingYoga Coaching Philosophy yet? It's about constantly raising the barre while matching the student’s need and ability.
- How long can you/he/she hold a posture for?
- What is reasonable? Too challenging/easy?
The timing guidelines are not strictly defined. Much of time management comes down to balancing the needs of experienced participants with that of new students. You set the tempo of the class with an eye to the new student - a slightly slower tempo, ensuring that he/she is safely keeping up with the class. In contrast, if the class is full of experienced participants, you are free to lead the class at a faster tempo, more intensity, with more repetitions and less resting poses.
Note: though you want to “drive” the class faster, always start first set in Round 1 slowly for people to have a chance to “arrive” and tune into their body (where they might have stiffness, aches and pains). It's also important to note that if you are running out of time, for whatever reason, during the final two rounds of the class, it's better for the participants to thoroughly stretch in a few selected poses than to rush through the whole sequence. This means that you may need to exclude some postures from the final two rounds in order to end the class with a chance for the students to relax for a couple of minutes in the end.
What's the limit?
Think about the the difference between somebody who doesn’t think they are capable of anything, and somebody who simply won’t give up even if they are in agony and actually taken it too far.
- How much can we push a student?
- Can we push some more than others, if so whom?
- What does it mean to meet and to go passed your limits?
- What does it mean to work safe and effectively?
- What does ‘mind over body’ mean to you?