We do step ups at fitness on a large
foot stool style miniature bench
higher than my doorstep.
I was achieving step ups both
forwards and sideways without
heaving myself up or flapping my
elbows as if I was on a swing.
Then a doctor removed a skin cancer
from deep inside my ankle. No jumping
or hopping on it for now he said,
let the flesh mend itself a while.
So I exercised fully without jumping
or hopping or pounding on that foot.
Three months later I am sure it has
had time for healing to be well done.
So I am jumping, hopping, pounding
on both legs, doing step ups on
that big high foot stool.
To my horror my legs find it very
difficult, will not spring up as
they used to. I push up with
weakened legs, arms flapping,
a very thorough work out.
For now I do step ups on my back
door step each day, hoping to
regain my legs’ former strength.
All because I had a skin cancer removed.
Sartorius stretch !
I ask you, what kind of name
is that ?
Yes I have googled it, our fitness
instructor has explained it.
Strange names are given to our
various body parts from lengthy
ancient and Greek and Latin words,
from strangely named scientists.
We also do strange stretches, turn,
twists to work these muscles
often obscure, unknown to us.
Including the sartorius stretch which
our instructor taught me one day
when I was the only pupil present.
My massage therapist showed me
the twists causing pain in my legs.
They added up to the sartorius
stretch which I was doing at home.
She told me to ask the instructor
to watch me doing it, see what
I was doing wrong.
Next class I asked the instructor.
We got down on the floor, I watched.
I had left out a twist. Doing it the
right way helped so much.
Horrified gasps from my group
as they watched us showed me
that the sartorius stretch is as
weird as it sounds.