Updated: Sep 13, 2021
Weather you are a seasoned pro or brand new to an exercise; everyone needs to be aware of and focused on form!
"Form is a specific way of performing a movement, often a strength training exercise, to avoid injury, prevent cheating and increase strength."
Injury - By performing an exercise at the correct tempo and in the correct stance, you ensure that you are minimizing the risk of injury and not putting extra or unnecessary strain on any of your muscles. If you being breaking form due to fatigue, this is a good indicator you need to stop that exercise and rest or move on to something else or else you put yourself at a much higher risk for injury.
Prevent Cheating - If when performing an exercise you break form, a muscle other than the target muscle group may help out and make the exercise easier. A barbell curl can be made a lot easier if you begin moving the weight with your whole arm and shoulder verse just the biceps.
Increase Strength - When completing an exercise, you put in a large amount of effort so you want to receive the largest results possible. If you start breaking form, you begin to cheat and use the muscles you were not intending to, effecting your results! The best way to increase strength is to go at a slower pace, begin by focusing on form, and than increase weight and speeds throughout your workout plan as fitting.
Some exercises are more difficult than others and can take practice; don't be discouraged if you cannot squat perfectly the first time! If you need help you can always reach out to me with any questions or to sign up for fitness and healthy eating training programs!
Yours in Health and Fitness,