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8/20/13 9:58 P

thanks so much! I really prefer a class, just because I work alone at home, so it's a chance to get out... otherwise, I do have a treadmill and some weights, which is probably all I "really" need to get some basic exercise. I just think it's fun to get out there with some other folks, and I also appreciate having something OTHER than me in charge for an hour every now and then.

SO frustrated: went to the ENT thinking he might be able to help, but apparently my symptoms are "borderline," and he has no solutions to offer.

Bugger.

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
8/19/13 2:36 P

Does it have to be a group class? My first thought is a strength training routine, so you get your strength, increased flexibility, and there are plenty of exercises with no rocking/turning. You could work with a personal trainer for the first few sessions to make sure your form is good and that your working everything without irritating your condition.

If you're set on classes, I agree that working with the instructors so they know your limitations is the way to go. There's nothing "dumb" about not being able to do something in particular - your health is much more important than doing the same stretch as everyone else!

On a not-really-fitness suggestion, if you want to scratch that slow, semi-spiritual itch, is there a Tai Chi group near you?

GETTINFIT-2014 Posts: 807
8/19/13 2:22 P

BITHOO:

I have BPV, and I have been able to do the body pump and body combat classes, I just don't do the floor work. If I have to lay down on the floor, I use a blanket or something to elevate my head - I can not lay flat on the ground. Crunches are out of the question, but reverse crunches I can do. I also took yoga and the instructor modified some of the moves for me. As long as I keep my eyes looking up I'm ok. So if I touch my toes, I don't look down, I have my head down, but my eyes looking up. I do not want to have an episode away from home - that would be horrible.

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7/24/13 7:05 A

thanks so much!

ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (50,230)
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7/23/13 11:17 P

I've only tried a couple, but the one I like best is by Tracey Mallett. "The Booty Barre: Beginners & Beyond." She has a nice personality and there are a couple people working out with her, one doing easier modifications for "real" beginners ... and one doing a more challenging version. Unlike many DVD's, the camera actually includes these people in the view almost all of the time so that you can see them.

A few other suggestions:

1. There are some SparkTeams that focus on barre work. They would probably have some good suggestions.
2. You can view clips of DVD's at www.collagevideo.com before you buy anything. I have no affiliation with that website. I am just a satisfied customer who likes to see a clip before I buy.
3. You also might find some at your local library to check out for free
4. Maybe your local gym would start a class if you asked

Good luck!

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7/22/13 9:58 P

I actually wanted a class to get me out of the house: as a freelance writer, it's easy for me to spend the entire day in the house except when dropping off kids or buying groceries. still, though, maybe something to consider. Can you recommend a good barre video?

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7/22/13 8:16 P

I have a chronic inner-ear problem. It's fairly mild, but I know what you mean.

I know you are looking for a class, but have you considered using a DVD at home? There are lots of new DVD's that are "barre" routines -- based on the exercises that ballet dancers do "at the barre." They emphasize strength, flexibility, and balance. You don't need a barre to do them: you can use a chair. In fact, they assume that people are using a chair and that's what they use in the DVD.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,331)
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7/22/13 4:35 P

My case was REALLY short-term; just about two weeks, give or take a few days. I went to the doctor, and he determined it was allergies causing inflammation in the inner ear, which threw off my balance. He put me on some prescription antihistamines, and the problem resolved itself.

As for classes, you'd have to talk to the instructor; even if you're taking the same class brand I would be, the instructor themselves is going to have their own style. Talk to them about your needs.

DO NOT feel dumb for having to modify, though! You have your own needs, and your health comes before their opinion. :) You're doing what's best for you. Talk to the instructor, explain the problem, and see if they're willing to help out!

What classes to take will depend on what you have available to you. :)

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7/22/13 4:09 P

Dragon - this started back in my 20's (I'm over 50 now), and I've seen three ENTs, a chiropracter, and two general practitioners. The theory is that it may be a middle or inner ear issue, but so far I haven't been able to overcome it.

As a result, I've done mostly "vertical" exercises, including biking, ballet-type dance, walking... But I'm not a real dancer, and there are very few ballet-style classes for adults that are mostly about fitness. Am considering taking tap, but that'd be a start -- and not enough to cover strength/flexibility...

Am continuing to seek a resolution, but am not holding my breath! How did you determine that the problem was an allergy? I also have chronic rhinitis (it's hard to breath through my nose when lying down), so wonder whether my docs have been looking in the wrong direction?

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7/22/13 4:04 P

BITHOO, have you spoken to your doctor about your vertigo? This isn't a normal reaction, and is indicative of a medical issue that may need treatment. When it happened to me, it had to do with allergies. :)

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7/22/13 3:59 P

I have this weird problem. When I turn my head from side to side or rock up and down while lying on my back, I feel sick to my stomach. As a result, mat work (sit ups, roll right, roll left), pilates, and yoga all leave me feeling awful -- yet I enjoy the slow, semi-spiritual approach, the flexibility, etc. I've looked into curing the problem, and so far (after an ENT, a chiropracter, and a general practitioner) no one seems to be able to help.

I've been taking dance aerobics because it's mostly vertical -- but miss the stretch and strength. I also feel kind of dumb doing stand-up abs exercises while everyone else is crunching on the mat.

I do a lot of walking on the treadmill, but that gets deadly dull.

So I'm looking for a fitness class (or classes) that don't include "lie on the mat and do crunches," or "turn upside down and hold that position" but DO have some kind of ab stuff (planks, vertical core work, sitting core work, etc.), and some cardio and ideally some strength (though I'd be willing to take multiple classes to put it all together!).

Any ideas??

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