On the last Friday in August, Dave Long, the CEO of Orangetheory Fitness (OTF), emailed a “pep talk” to members of the fitness studio. In a 500-word screed, Long announced that more OTF studios would be reopening as an increasing number of states begin to lift restrictions on public gatherings and return to a semblance of normalcy. The tone of the email was exciting and reassuring, littered with exclamation points and virtual high fives. But about three paragraphs in, Long presented his thesis behind the reopenings, writing “There’s no evidence to support the fact that gyms are contributing to the community spread of COVID-19 above any other types of businesses.” Long claimed that gyms like Orangetheory were vital because they lessen the impact of the virus and could even prevent it by keeping members in good health, a claim he attributed to “doctors” and the International Health Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).
This is good. But ableism is not a subsection of white supremacy, and to think so is to seriously misunderstand.
Christine Ruffolo One cannot talk about Bal-A-Vis-X without first talking about Bill Hubert. My first interaction with him centered around him asking me to help crack his back. He laid on the floor, crossed his left knee over his body, and asked me to step on it as he…
Depressing statistics from a new study
The downward pressure of superior bodies allows for shifts to stay put. Without the weight of the pelvis, for example, the right leg would collapse under its own false arrangement:
The idea that internal rotation ‘screws in and locks down’ while external rotation ‘unscrews and loosens’ helps me conceptualize the potential for each action.
The medical, fitness, and wellness worlds are fixated on correcting imbalances. Amidst all the readily available treatment plans, too few remain curious about why so many asymmetries … Read More
This is really good. Go read, and watch the 4 videos.
Psoas Patterns by Chandler Stevens