A Minor Rant


This entry strays from my past informational posts, but something I saw on TV a couple of months ago really bothered me I need to speak out.  I promise it will be a minor rant…thanks for indulging me!

This past February, the TV program Chronicle ran a show that focused, in part, on a NY Times article entitled, “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body,” a piece that created a tempest of negative reaction from many yoga teachers and practitioners alike.  At one point in the segment, the featured instructor talked about yoga related injuries and uttered the following, “…most students will get injured.”  At first, I wasn’t sure I heard her correctly, so I rewound my trusty DVR and watched it again.  Much to my disbelief, I had heard it right the first time.  To be fair, she did say that not everyone should do every pose in a yoga class, but I was still blown away by the matter-of-fact nature of her original statement.

The essential purpose of exercise is to improve physical condition and it’s commonly used to prevent injury!  As with anything in life, there is risk of injury but responsible exercise instructors strive to minimize it rather than accept it as an inevitable, albeit unfortunate, circumstance.

Basically, I want to say that you SHOULD NOT expect to sustain an injury when exercising.  Follow a responsible exercise program and you SHOULD expect to get stronger, more flexible and into better cardiovascular condition.  A great way to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep injury at bay is to consult with a qualified trainer. Have a movement assessment done to tease out what your individual risk factors are and how to fix them so you stay injury free, healthy and fit.

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Michael Bento is an Advanced Trainer at the Clubs at Charles River Park. He holds a Masters degree in Human Movement and is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist.

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