Bare feet parallel on hard-surface floor? Check. Left arm extended for balance? Check.
Pivot forward, as if my left hip were a hinge and my right shoulder, hip, and knee were fused together. Stagger and step sideways to keep from falling. OK, that last bit isn’t part of the approved form. Regroup!
Back in starting position, pivot forward again, drop my right hand toward the floor and stretch my right leg behind me. Wobble but carry on. Stop at limits of hip flexibility, which I reach remarkably quickly. Start to return to vertical position. Stagger and step sideways to keep from falling. OK, that last bit isn’t part of the approved form. Regroup!
When I finally complete one full manoeuvre sans staggers and side steps, down and back up, slowly and under control, I count “1.” Of 10 such manoeuvres required. On each side. Oh, the joys of bilateral symmetry applied to the single-leg deadlift (I do it *without* the hand weights shown in online videos).
Does this sound like complaining? I hope not.
It would be ungracious to complain about this exercise: After all, I asked my trainer for exercises to improve my balance, which has wandered off somewhere in the last few years.
It would be unreasonable to complain about this exercise: After all, the motion that makes it hard also represents an important advance on the exercise I started with, where I stood around on one foot for a while and tried not to fall over.
It would be unpatient to complain about this exercise: After all, I think I might be getting better at it. Maybe. Sorta. A little.
And besides, this week saw a breakthrough of sorts: not in leg strength or hip flexibility, regrettably, but in technique. I discovered that while looking down at my feet doesn’t help me maintain my balance, and looking down the hall at nothing in particular doesn’t help me maintain my balance, looking at a spot on the floor about four or five feet in front of me does help. When I stare at it all the way down and all the way back up, I stagger less. Hurray!
Maybe as I try to maintain my balance in other endeavours, I can find similar Goldilocks spots: Targets to focus on that are just right instead of being too close or too far away.