Those group exercise classes? "Forget them," says FOF Linda Taylor, President and CEO of Taylor Wellness Arts. "They can be a waste or even harmful for most FOFs because they are not custom to our individual body types and needs."
In response to the exercise-related injuries Linda witnessed (and experienced herself when one ended her ballet career) she created the Taylor Method, a fitness plan based on 4 unique body classifications: Military, Flat Back, Sway Back and Kyphosis-Lordosis.
Do you know what type of body you have? Find out below.
A few weeks ago, FOF Founder Geri met with Linda Taylor at her studio. Linda classified Geri as a Kyphosis-Lordosis which means she has shorter ligaments, a rounded upper back causing her head to sit forward and an arched lower back. Geri's posture problems stem from her Kyphosis-Lordosis body type. She has turned-in knees and the puts all her weight onto her big toe joints and her quads.
Until you know your specific body type, Linda believes you can't exercise, stretch, walk or even sit properly. Once classifying Geri as a Kyphosis-Lordosis, Linda was able to help her begin to "unlearn" some of her bad movement patterns and habits and reteach her how to sit, stand, walk and eventually exercise properly.
"For years, people thought if you were born with a certain structure that was the way you were going to die. If you had a curve in your back, you'd always have a curve in your back. To the contrary, what we have found is movement makes structure. You can move into a bad pattern but you can also move into a good pattern."
The first step to breaking bad movement patterns and exercising properly is knowing your body type and correcting your posture, according to Linda.
Watch a video below to discover your own body type and start correcting your posture.