(by Arnaud van der Veere, Netherlands)

Do you remember the animal legends in which the fox, the rabbit and the turtle ? For the men a women is an all in one story. But is she realy like that, is it possible to combine the benefits of those animals into one person ?

The fox is a very smart animal, it adaps to all circumstances, twists its movements and react fast. Women do have all these vitues, try to trick them to do something they do not want and observe how many turns they can make and speed to which they adpt on your requests. In general a rabbit is know for its condition, speed and breeding. Women do often have a great endurance, often they continue even under the most unpleasant circumstances with a life that does not offer them much future knowing it is for the benefit of her family. A turtle is known for its long livety Women do live longer than man, cause even under most difficult circumstances stress does not take the toll it takes from men.

In training we can see al those habbits and vitues as opportunities. The womans body goes from of young age thru many phases. Not only the biological changes has a heavy impact, the mental aspects of growing up also chnages vision and look at life. In the past therapeuts and doctors did advise never to let children train with weights or place them under heavy duty exercises. But today it is proven that also children may train with weights. Specially the fragile girls who have a poor health condition are advised to start a form of weight training to increase physical health, better posture and above all a better psychological strenght.

Weighttraining is like pulling carrots for the rabbit. The carrots are strongly rooted in the earth and it takes strenght to get them out. The mother teaches the child step by step how to get the right technique and slowly enhanches the power. Children must learn a playing way of training. Fun is important. But also the lesson of the turtle, slow but steady, is very important in training of children.

As this serie of articles is only focussing on women I want to put all attention to the female children. The first thing they have to learn is picking up weights the right way. Picking up a weight needs a good posture of the whole body with a higher attention to the back and bending the legs. The back must be “hollow” under all circumstances to avoid putting overstress on the backbone. Always bend the legs and never overstrech the arms. By teaching the right position a child will understand the importance of balance. When the girl grows up she will discover that her balance points do change and she must adapt to the new situation. Gladly we can adjust time by time so during puberty the emotional physical stress can find an outlet in the excersises.

A mother can teach her child the best position in teachin g them weight training via the “stairs method”. The child sits at the bottom of the stairs and picks up a weight of 500 grams / 1 kiligram and puts it on the highest possible staircase. Then pick up a new one and so on. When that staircase is full she moves down till practically on the ground. All the time attention is focused on the right posture of legs and back. Hollow back, knees in max 90 degree and head looking up.

You also can make use of elastic bands. The child pulls down the elastic that hangs high to pull it down to the ground and brings it back into position without jumping of the ground. When doing so she must face the top of the elastic all the time. In my programs I tell the kids to watch the top as the elastic may get lose and she must escape and react fast when it happens. Children are our future, start early in training to get healthy and strong children.


(by Arnaud van der Veere, Netherlands)

Women are realy different from men. This does not refer to only the physical part. A woman thinks, moves, needs wishes and has totally different desires than men. Former is commen knowledge and completely accepted. But when entering a training room why do women has to accept training rules set for men ? In fitness and specialy in the Martial Arts trainers are not well prepared for women !

To promote a better understanding and training for women I wrote a serie of articles on this topic. I write this series of articles from the viewpoint of teaching trainers how to adapt to the women in a sportschool in general and be in close contact with them in specific situations. At the same time the articles are also a way to make any women who visits a gym aware of the differences between men and women and no longer need to accept an equal treatment. The articles are written to create understanding and a growing toward a new situation of respect, creativity and a new way of target directed training.

When a women wish to train, the first thing that will come to her mind is how to dress in a proper way for that activity. Some women wish to attrack no attention while others just want to get into the focus. Mn in general want to train, they do not care much what they wear. The task of the sportschool is to advise a newcomer what kind of clothing is the best. Some gyms have followed this advise by posting a nice picture of a woman on the activity program message board.

Women wish to look good even when excersicing. When training in a short trouser (for instance in Muay Thai) the women do not like to do streching exercises with wide open legs, specially not in mixed classes. An other exercise is jumping in the air and come down. The breast of the women will bounce up and down. This is not only an unconfortable feeling but the ones with the bigger sizes will also feel embarresed. A last example is sit down, when the woman moves down the trouser also will go down on her behind. When this happens and the behind is exposed a continuation of the exercise is hardly possible. The women prevers to stop and will do anything to get that done.

In fact there are so many different movements that, with the wrong clothing, create unconfortable feeling. When a woman does feel unconfortable she will quit the lessons. This drop outs are a big loss for the gym and the person itself.

Besides the right kind of clothing, colors are important. Women do not like dark or grey colors. During sport they like bright and fit with there body colors. But this also depends on the activity. For instance when the school dress has spcific colors that make them look stronger and better shaped they surely are willing to wear it.

Women also like to do individual training in groups. No this is not a contradition. A woman needs a MOTIVATOR. A person in front of the class who shows what to do and stimulate the group to do the same on there own physical level. When a woman enters a group class at first they will study there fellow class mates and try to scale them in levels. After this classification the woman will look for the right place in the class of which she thinks her class will do right. Man on the otherhand often do not care where they stand and tend to go upfront instead of choosing a level oriented place.

The person infront of the class must be a good motivator and visuable clear person. When classes have many women it is the best that the instructor is also a woman. The fact that the trainer is female is stimulating to most, cause it creates a feeling of “ what you can do, I can do it too”. A sportschool needs this motivation to keep members.Female trainers create an indentification process.

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