Updated: Aug 14, 2019
One of the most important things anyone can do when participating in a fitness program is know the how and why of each movement.
From the stance, to posture, to core activation to bio-mechanics, each component is key to staying healthy and avoiding injuries. Recently I witnessed a few members doing a variation of a common exercise that had me scratching my head. When I asked why were you doing it that way, his reply was
“I had seen a bodybuilder guy doing it”.
So for the record, the member I spoke with is knowledgeable and built like a finely tuned athlete, so anyone can lose out on the how and why at times. My response was to break down the exercise as he had performed it.
First asking what happens to his core in that position (loses core, goes in relaxed position)... We always want our core activated. Second was about posture of the neck and back. In this particular set-up proper posture is very hard to achieve and strain can easily be put on the neck or spine. This could easily cause injuries simply by doing something you see a credible person doing without first asking how and why.
The dirty little secret is...
In the fitness industry everyone wants to come up with the latest exercise or diet or trend. Sometimes it’s all about the money or notoriety, safety sometimes isn’t the first consideration as it should be. Trainers guilty of this sometimes as well, especially new trainers trying to make a name for themselves. Does this make them a bad trainer? No, it is a mistake that should be learned from.
My point is this, before doing an exercise understand the HOW and WHY!
How does each exercise work, how does it affect my posture, core, joint compression.
Why am I performing an exercise or an exercise in a certain way,? What is the goal and benefit of the exercise?
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