got form?

Form can make or break your workout. It is the one thing needed in any exercise to get the maximum effect. Whether you’re an avid gym rat, the casual runner, or the weekend biker; you must have proper form. Most of us are aware of this whenever we are lifting weights. We realize that lifting even a 10-pound weight the wrong way can trigger an injury. Often, we overlook our form in other exercises because we have been doing them for such a long time that we figure we have it right or we are too tired and we are looking to finish a set.

When was the last time that you really made sure your back was totally straight and your legs were in line as you bent your knees 90 degrees while lunging? Are you making sure that you do your crunches in such a manner as to protect your neck, or back? There are tons of exercises were we neglect form because we ‘ve been doing them  for so long, that we tend to assume that we are doing them correctly. That is not always the case. If you are ever unsure of yourself while exercising, or something just doesn’t feel right; ask someone (qualified) if what you’re doing is correct. If another person is not available, use a mirror to ensure that your form is correct. Do not sacrifice form for weight.

We live to train and train to live.

  1. I like to use light weight occasionally at the beginning of a set just to work on form. Once I feel like my body knows the porper movement, I increase the weight again. I find that I tend to get sloppy if I don’t do this every few weeks for the more complex lifts.

  2. bgddyjim says:

    Absolutely right – this is huge when it comes to cycling as it’s an incredibly repetitive cardio sport. If you’re even a few milimeters off on any number of measurements the results can be disasterous.

  3. This is so true. Improper form or technique can lead to injuries in any sport. Way, way, way back when I was watching Cory Everson on ESPN’s Body Shapers she preached form and so I tried to stick with it. Form was moe important than # of reps. So I try to focus on form in the gym and in my running. And it reminds me of the saying, “Practice does NOT make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.”

  4. skinnyfattofit says:

    So true.. I have not always been the best with form but the more you build muscle the more stability you will have to help your form. Luckily I have people check my form and when it gets bad that was my last rep.

    • Having people check your form is an awesome way to go. The other half of Socially Fit checks my form whenever I’m lifting weights and also lets me know whenever I’m doing something wrong.

  5. magnuminsp says:

    I have always been one to use proper form when lifting weights. I see so many, throwing the weights around. At the gym now, the trainers have some of the people doing all of these strange exercises, but with no form at all. I actually told one lady, who was “whipping” around weights doing what appeared to be bicep curls, you are going to hurt yourself doing them like that. As I was about to do the same exercise, I showed her how to do them properly, She was thankful and said, my arms are sore doing them that way! I told her it was because she was using proper form and getting the proper extension and retraction and to slow down on the pace of the exercises and concentrate on form.

    • It’s amazing how adjusting yourself during an exercise can give you a new feeling. Simple movements like the turning of your wrist or the distance between your feet can impact a whole routine.

  6. Cara Olsen says:

    Catchy little title 🙂

    Great advice, too. In fact, even for veterans like myself who’ve frequented 24 Hour Fitness since it was called “Family Fitness”, this reminder proves helpful. This week I was executing dive-bombers, and as my arms were not directly beneath my chest, I strained a muscle in my triceps. Form can “literally” make or break you.

    Happy Weekend!

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