You’re in the gym. It’s busy. Your headphones are in and you’re working out quite heavily. Your whole body is sweating and you’re just about to take your rest. During so, you grab your water, drink up, and decide to change the song you’re listening to before getting into your next set. As soon as that song changes, you happen to catch a piece of conversation from the two guys bench pressing beside each other “Hey, how heavy can you bench?” Instantly, the other guy responds, “225lbs easy!” Your song comes on, you start rowing that t-bar like it’s your last set in life, and then see the one guy attempt this 225lb bench in order to let his ego out in the gym world. Buddy sets the bar down after 2 incomplete reps, and smiles with an ego ear to ear.
This is nothing but a case of bad form, and a guy with an ego so big he doesn’t care about injuring himself as long as he can get that specific number he wants on the bar.
Exercise can definitely improve confidence, but you can’t allow this new-found confidence find its way through damaging your form, because when you have big confidence, and bad form, you’re going to be eventually left with nothing but injury. Then, depending on how badly you injure yourself, you can say good-bye to the gym.
Form is everything when it comes to exercise, and if you aren’t lifting correctly, you may as well give up before you hurt yourself. Yes, you heard that. If you aren’t willing to learn proper form for all of the different exercises you’re doing, this is the only time I will ever suggest to give up. Give up because if you aren’t willing to learn, you WILL cause injury.
Learning how to perform each exercise you do correctly is THE most important thing when you’re working out. You are far better off learning proper form while lifting a lighter weight, than to increase your weight before learning proper form. Even though you muscles will still become stronger at a much slower pace if you aren’t lifting with proper form, the exercise you’re performing wrong could be increasing pressure on your joints/tendons and ligaments rather than putting all this pressure into the muscle.
Bad form = Injury.
Sometimes its instant injury, sometimes it’s years and years of consistently performing an exercise or several exercises together with incorrect form, but either way, you’re putting yourself at extreme risk if you’re working with incorrect form.
Whenever you’re working out, your main focus should be your workout. Forget your cell phone, forget your friends, forget about that hot guy or girl in the gym with you, just focus on what you’re doing. How hard that may be. 😉 If you’re working with cable bicep curls, focus on using your bicep muscles and not using your forearms, shoulders and back to pull up the weight. If you’re working with lat pulldowns, use the lat muscles, rather than your arms to get those elbows bent to a 90 degree. If you’re working with upright rows, use those traps baby!!
Working with correct form will increase strength, then you can step your weights up and increase your intensity. Without proper form, your results will not only be lacking but eventually you’ll feel like you’ve been working your butt off for nothing but zero results and a sore body. As of today, put your mind into FOCUS and learn your form before jumping into anything new.
If you’ve been working with an exercise for a few weeks and haven’t seen improvement, check yourself out in the mirror. Maybe your form is off? It’s never a bad thing to double-check and be sure that what you’re doing, is correct.
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