I was interested to learn about the Borg Scale of perceived exertion in my SF Examiner April 17, “Learn to be an 8 when it comes to exercise” by Renee Prosen. This Scale helps communication between health professionals, personal trainers and exercisers, to enhance understanding of how hard the person exercising, is working during exercise.
The exerciser judges her amount of exertion, with 1-3 meaning she could go on forever, 4-6 meaning she feels like the muslin is doing something but there’s no reason to stop, 7-8 meaning she is really ready to stop, and 9-10 meaning how hard you would work if a car fell on your dog and you were trying to lift it off.
Honestly–that’s what the article said!
For students enrolled in my three-month waist-training coaching program, I also use a similar perceived scale, The Comfort-Discomfort Scale.
It determines how challenging the three basic elements of any corset waist-training program are to the trainee. Of course, those elements are corset wearing, waist-targeted exercising, and corset-friendly eating and nutrition practices.
And of course “perceived” means it is a highly subjective scale, but that is fine. I am one who believes that if a student perceives they are in pain, that’s not a good place for them to be because then they may well develop an antipathy toward their corset. They may find an excuse not to complete their waist training program, fearing how they will feel during the next day. They begin to associate pain with the corset, and that just won’t work.
Here’s how our scale works. A 1 our scale means training is a piece of cake, while 10 means the trainee is in (has just entered) real pain and has reached what I call “the Big O”, or, “I WANT OUT OF THIS THING!” stage.
I ask my students to keep themselves training at a level of 6 or 7 daily, at any one time of continuous wear of the corset for that day’s wearing schedule. I want them to feel challenged and even uncomfortable bordering on real pain, but not into it. I want them to feel like they have truly accomplished something when they take their corset off or rest after waist-targeted floor exercises that day.
Of course, perceived comfort/discomfort can differ from hour to hour, minute to minute, or day to day based on a variety of factors and on individual reactions. A person who has a so-called high tolerance of pain could well say he is at a “4” when another person at the same level of restriction and size and experience, could say she was at a level of 9. The important point is how the student feels.
Here corsetiere Sue Nice appears to be in about an “8” on the Comfort/Discomfort scale as she tries to lace on her front-laced corset! I always chuckled to see this picture taken at a ROMANTASY boutique fashion show some years ago.
Can the scale slide in perception over time? Most assuredly it will. The more one becomes used to wearing a rigidly structured and tight garment, the less discomfort will be felt. A “9” today, may be next week’s “6”.
But again, it doesn’t matter. The point is, a scale allows my student to tell me more about how t hey are feeling and lets me adjust their program and elements accordingly, so they always live on the edge of discomfort or even pain, but don’t step into it.