ICA member Margaret has a student who overdoes her swaying motion when in a standing climb and claims she does it to “gain momentum.” Learn how to address someone who is overly aggressive in their upper body movement. ICA member Margaret sent in this question:
When I ask my students to stand at the top of a hill climb…usually for 30 seconds…and then sit down, their upper bodies have a natural sway. However, there is one student who overdoes it when swaying back and forth. I always give cues to the group and at the end of the most recent class taught she asked me why she shouldn’t be doing that move. Her explanation for doing so what to gain momentum. She has indicated to me at an earlier time that her knees are not in the best shape and I have noticed that she always adds too much resistance. I would appreciate an answer to the above so that I can pass it along to the student and give my class a reason for my cueing.
Many thanks, Margaret
P.S. Love your articles…always find something new to pass along to my students.
Margaret, first of all thank you for your comment—I hope to be able to do everything I can to help instructors address the questions or actions of their students! And thank you for this question about the excessive movement while in a standing climb. You have two questions here—I’ll answer the second question about resistance and knee pain in another post soon. I have another similar question on that and will put them together.