“Down There” for Women: Not Your Typical Workout DVD

Attention: This is not your normal workout DVD. With the title “Down There” for Women, you could probably already guess that, but still. It kind of threw me for a loop. And I didn’t know what to expect when I pressed play. Thankfully, what I got was good and not nearly as 6th-grade-health-class as I thought it might be. (After all, what medical expert says “Down there?” I blame the marketing department.)

In fact, “good” might not be the best word to describe this video. I’d actually call it enlightening and educational. Sure, you won’t get close to breaking a sweat during any part of the DVD, and I can’t really imagine myself watching it more than once, but am I glad I watched it? You betcha.

The whole premise is to look at your well-being and try to prevent chronic ailments, disease and pain. (Sounds good for moms and non-moms alike, eh?). You prevent problems by first learning about them, then seeing how your body moves and then doing specific exercises to help correct any body-wonkiness. And no, wonkiness is no more a technical term than “down there” is, nor is it a term used by Katy Bowman, developer of the Aligned and Well program and the DVD, but it’s a word I think sums our body dysfunction up nicely. Because as I learned doing some of the exercises, probably even the fittest of us have some weird body movement patterns.

The DVD is made up of an introduction to movement habits, five prescribed movements (so cleverly called Rx…ercises) and then more information on simple changes to improve your health. During the video I learned a number of things, but one specific item pretty much rocked my “down there” world. As a certified personal trainer, I’ve always been taught and instructed others that to stand in neutral alignment you were to bring your shoulders down and back, lift your chest and tuck your tailbone under. Well, Katy says that last instruction to “tuck your tail bone” is doing a big disservice to us ladies. I’d explain why, but she does a much better job in this clip than I could (hard to write about pelvic tilt without a model pelvis to tilt).

So the moral of this story? Stick those fit bottoms out! And, please, don’t say “down there.” We much prefer “nether region.” —Jenn

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