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Old 05-23-22, 08:29 PM  
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Why donít I enjoy Classical Stretch?

These workouts should be a no brainer for me. Outside, stretchy, short (in the case of the TV series, which in true VFer fashion, I have managed to accumulate TEN seasons of somehow).

I love yoga. I love stretching. I do one or the other every day.

So why do I get so freaking annoyed when doing these???!!!

What am I missing? What am I not getting?

Why do I not feel ďsatisfiedĒ after doing an episode of a CS like I do with an episode of Yoga Zone, etc.

Tell me, O Wise Ones.
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Old 05-23-22, 08:39 PM  
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Part of it for me is that they make it look so easy, when it's not. Callan Pinkney had the same effect, LOL!

I get annoyed that I don't have a reliable, permanent way to do the workouts in front of the tv. Every support, chair or bar I've tried has been too flimsy, too bulky or just awkward, so I keep trying something else. If I skip the barre work I wind up not getting a good workout.


On the other hand, my restless dissatisfaction keeps me seeking and exploring other stuff. I get even MORE annoyed with that and eventually get back to CS.

I wish there were a way to slow the pace of the workouts without freaking out the speed of the narration. I prefer to go slowly, and that's not always possible with some of Miranda's workouts.
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Old 05-23-22, 08:43 PM  
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I think it is a personal preference thing - I wouldn't worry about it or force yourself to do it -there are so many other ways to exercise and move.

A possibility is that you just don't click with Miranda - she is an acquired taste and even then, not everyone acquires the taste. She is the creator, but not the best instructor of the method.

If you really want to continue to try to "like" it - I suggest subscribing to Essentrics TV and trying one of the other instructors - Sahra (Miranda's daughter), Gail Garceau, Meg Feeney, etc. You may click w/ their instructional style more. it is a free 14 day trial and easy to cancel.

But, if after that, it still isn't your thing - no big deal!!

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Old 05-23-22, 08:45 PM  
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While I kind of enjoy them, I do find her cueing not that great.

I do more from the show I record off my local PBS station, and the workouts make me feel loose and stretched out, but I do wish she'd spend a couple more seconds telling me what she's doing esp when we are more bent over.
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Old 05-23-22, 09:03 PM  
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I think it is a personal preference thing - I wouldn't worry about it or force yourself to do it -there are so many other ways to exercise and move.

A possibility is that you just don't click with Miranda - she is an acquired taste and even then, not everyone acquires the taste. She is the creator, but not the best instructor of the method.

If you really want to continue to try to "like" it - I suggest subscribing to Essentrics TV and trying one of the other instructors - Sahra (Miranda's daughter), Gail Garceau, Meg Feeney, etc. You may click w/ their instructional style more. it is a free 14 day trial and easy to cancel.

But, if after that, it still isn't your thing - no big deal!!

Donna
I agree!
There are Essentrics DVDs by the other instructors and a free trial to ETV is a good way to sample the other instructors. Honestly, I love Miranda, she is brilliant, but she isn’t the best instructor. Her CS episodes often lack cuing while she tells a story, lol.
If you don’t like it after that, it likely isn’t for you. There’s no one size fits all.
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Old 05-23-22, 09:23 PM  
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I cannot handle Miranda. I don't like Classical Stretch either. I know people have told me CS and Essentrics are the same but I definitely don't find that to be true for me. I like Sahra and Essentrics, but I still don't do it very often.

I kept trying CS episodes and while I was surprised to look back in my log and see I had liked some, my overwhelming feeling was not a positive one. I had over 60 episodes recorded and finally deleted them all so I could stop feeling guilty for not liking it!
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Old 05-23-22, 09:30 PM  
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There's also a learning curve with CS/Essentrics.
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I used to not like CS too. I didn't understand what we were doing and it felt like just a bunch of plies and arm waving.

Then returned one day, after doing a bunch of other mobility workouts and all of a sudden...it suited me perfectly.

I actually prefer workouts led by Miranda. I have done so many episodes that I have learned to go ahead and switch legs/arms and sort of guess where she's headed. Her warmth overcomes any issues for me. She reminds me of the well meaning aunt who says silly things

BUT I'm glad we don't all HAVE to like the same stuff.
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There's also a learning curve with CS/Essentrics.
Yes, definitely! Good cuing and connecting with the instructor helps with that.
And it isn’t for everyone, we all have our likes and dislikes.
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Old 05-23-22, 10:11 PM  
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I didn't like it at first either. There's a learning curve, it's more work than you expect, and yes, Miranda isn't the greatest instructor. The method has evolved considerably in the last few years. There are other instructors to learn from.

I love it (obviously).

If it isn't for you, it isn't for you. There are a lot of workouts I don't click with...and that's ok. As long as you're moving, you're golden.
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