When it comes to lifting weights, some of us are tempted to always go as heavy as we possibly can; Put another plate on the barbell, grab the heavier set of dumbells, up the resistance on the cables, etc., because the more we push ourselves, the better the results- right? Well, not always. When you start to compromise form to add weight, you could be causing yourself more harm than good. Proper form when it comes to any exercise, whether it be deadlifting, chest press, or just bodyweight squats, is crucial. Keep reading to learn why proper form is so important for any form of exercise.
Reduce Risk of Injury
Poor form during exercise can lead to a number of injuries, due to misalignment or overcompensation from certain muscle groups. This can put an immense amount of pressure on muscles, tendons, and joints, leading to acute and overuse injuries. The last thing you want is a setback from an injury. Take it slow, practice proper form, and you’ll slowly build the strength to gradually add weight.
Engage Intended Muscles
If you’ve been working a specific muscle group consistently but realizing you have not seen any “gains,” it could be time to review your form. If your form is incorrect, you could be completely missing the muscle group that you’re trying to target. For example, if you’re doing bicep curls with a heavy weight that requires almost your entire upper body to move just to reach the top of the movement, chances are your biceps are not doing all of the work. Try a lighter weight, and focus on form keeping the rest of your body still, and isolate only the bicep.
Use Energy Wisely
Using proper form during exercise can help to improve breathing, and therefore give you more power for your workout. If you’re using incorrect form, you may actually be exerting more energy than necessary. Take advantage of proper form and get the most out of your workouts while using your energy wisely!
Master Proper Form
Proper form during all exercises can be a difficult skill to master, especially if you’re new to lifting. That’s why the certified personal trainers are here to help! Sign up for a 1 on 1 session today at Back Bay Fit to review your form with a personal trainer, and learn new techniques to get the most out of your workouts. Fill out an online form or give us a call today at 617-450-0001 for more information!