So I was walking onto the campus,heading to the gym today, chatting with a faculty member who was limping their way up the short rise to the front doors. And in conversation, I found out that this person had tendinitis from “overdoing it” on land. When I mentioned water training, we had an awkward conversation that went around in circles to why they could not do it. Now, I must admit, this wasn't the first time I have been faced with this type of response when talking about training in the water.... and I know it won't be my last. The conversation went something like this:
Person: Well, um, I think it would be too hard on my foot when I move it….
Mel: Actually, you are working it harder now just walking up this hill to the gym. Water can be supportive or work against it for strengthening – you choose.
Person: I think I’m not ready to go in the water yet….”
Mel: You are better off working in the water rather than going into the gym and doing exercises on land, especially with that limp. In water, you can have almost 90% of your body weight come off that joint.
Then it happened. The actual reason came out: “…but water isn’t cool”
Sometimes am frustrated with the perception people have of water training - I look forward to it being fully embraced a true foundational training method.
When I think of shifting people’s perceptions though and the momentous effort this change will take – it would be like scaling Everest. There are days where I feel that I have at least reached base camp; but then like today, I am looking at Everest from Lukla or Katmandu.