Proper Form and Technique While Exercising
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Pay attention to using proper form and technique when working out with weights. Some of points I want to discuss in this article may seem very basic or trivial, but a momentary reflection on basic points I will outline will help improve your overall workouts. I feel this article will be helpful for novices and experienced fitness enthusiasts alike!
There are two reasons why you should always pay attention to form and technique when exercising. The most important and most obvious is that if you're not performing exercise correctly, you risk chance of hurting yourself either immediately or in long term. The other reason is that you are not realizing full benefits from your workouts. You are merely going through motions.
For people just beginning training with weights or if you're trying out a new exercise, it is important that you understand how exercise is performed, mechanics of an exercise. As well as what muscles or muscle groups you are working. For more experienced people, sometimes it's good to re-evaluate how you are performing a particular exercise. How you can improve upon what you are doing. Sometimes over time form and technique tend to slip into bad habits.
So what constitutes proper form and technique?
When beginning a new exercise for first time, start with a very light weight. Go through motions of exercise slowly. This way you'll gain an understanding on how it is to be performed as well as committing movement to memory. You'll also learn whether or not you are comfortable with exercise or whether it is even worthwhile doing. Once you understand basic movement, you may continue with your desired weight.
Concentration. Concentrate on what you are doing. Your mind should be focused on task at hand. This way you will avoid bad habits.
When performing an exercise stress equally positive and negative of movements. For example, if you are doing a dumbbell chest press positive is movement up and negative movement down. When exercising, many people forget about negative. They exert all their effort on pushing dumbbells up, but they bring down or let dumbbells drop too quickly. Thus negating any benefits derived from negative portion of exercise.