Friday, January 20, 2012
My daughter is going to start training at home with my trainer from the gym. I am so excited for her.
She has scoliosis and was braced 12-15 hours a day from age 2y3m until age 9y11m. The bracing was a phenomenal success. She's the 1 in 100 kid for whom bracing not only holds the curve from progressing but corrects the curve. She has been out of her brace for over 1 1/2 years now and her curve is holding steady, maybe even getting better, even as she grows rapidly. BUT the bracing left her core weak and the fast growth of the last few years has resulted in tight hamstrings. Her surgeon would like her to do pilates or yoga or join a gym.... but she's 11. I can't find a gym that will take an 11 year old or a pilates class. I found yoga but she is so NOT interested. Strengthening her core would greatly reduce the chances that her curve would progress. It goes so far beyond looking good for her. She NEEDS a strong core - for now and for life.
We've been trying to get at it with PT for 14 months now. We did a few months and quit because she had had surgery and needed jaw therapy related to that and there's just so much time in the day. We went back when school was out and even after 6 months of PT her core is not getting stronger and her hamstrings are not totally normal yet either. She just doesn't LIKE PT at all and I feel like they tell her what to do and leave her on her own and don't correct her form or count her reps or encourage her. I think it's just the wrong approach for something like core work. She doesn't even know what it means to have a strong core because she can't remember pre-bracing life (when she could be held by her ankles and curl herself right up in half - it was NUTS).
BUT she's a basketball player and wants to do well on the Presidential Physical Fitness Test. I am really hoping that having a trainer that shows her how to exercise AT HOME and how to see how her body is changing will motivate her to work at it at home between sessions. It's got to be FUN. She's got to see/feel CHANGES.
I'm also hoping... a little anyway.... that my husband and son will see what training is like and want to start exercising at home with a customized workout as well. I want us ALL to find exercise we LIKE and WANT to do.