ML – Can you tell us a bit about your background and why you chose the fitness industry?
DW – Actually, the industry chose me. As a therapist working with people in pain, I found that my clients needed bridging exercises that were suitable for the time between recovery and conventional exercise. That led to the development of a program for the public which I call 3-D Workout. There are classes, DVDs and instructor training.
As to background, I have been involved in movement and dance all my life and was a professional modern dancer. After teaching in university dance programs in US and Canada for 35 years I switched to a clinical career. I used my doctorate and my movement analysis training as my own bridge. I keep my fitness up by doing 3-D Workout and running.
ML – What classes do you teach?
DW – In addition to 3-D Workout exercise classes in two levels, I teach workshops in anatomy, gait analysis, posture, stretching and others. I also teach a group of karate instructors to improve the body for karate.
ML – What kind of exercise class is the 3-D Workout?
DW – Imagine Tai Chi with weights. That’s the resistance part of the class inwhich you’re on your feet and moving the limbs in three dimensions. There’s also a biomechanically-correct stretching component and unique floor exercises that coordinate and connect the body so that all the parts work together.
ML – How can women can find an exercise class that’s suitable for them and one that fits their needs?
DW – We have to remember that one size does not fit all and teachers are individuals with varying skills. Finding “your” class is a matter of trial and error and references. Visit and observe classes, take a trial class (this should not cost you anything), get a referral from someone you trust. After taking a class you should feel restored and worked but not wrecked. If you’re wrecked you probably won’t go back.
ML – What’s your biggest challenge?
DW – Getting people to start slowly, use appropriate loads (weights) and appreciate the process as well as the goal so that they experience change from within and enjoy taking care of themselves.
ML – What do you like best about your work with clients?
DW – I enjoy seeing people change before my eyes and hearing them say how doing 3-D Workout improves their daily activities and sport. One of my instructors who teaches older adults said: “they [her students] show up, stop complaining about their pain and they wear short sleeves because they’re proud of their shapely arms.”
For more information on Dianne please be sure to visit her website at www.3dworkout.com