Why Form is Important

No matter what kind of workout you do with us at Weighting For Warriors, you'll hear your trainer say something along the lines of "check your form! You'll hear it a billion times over, and the reminder is always important because form is the most important part of a workout.

By form, we mean the way you hold and more your body during an exercise. Every exercise from bench presses to burpees will have its own method, modifications, and motions.

There are three things to keep in mind when checking your form: alignment, range of motion, and tension.

Multiple studies have shown that particular ranges of motion in an exercise are more effective than others. All certified personal trainers—like Samantha—take classes to learn about proper form in exercises. They are required to prove their knowledge through an assessment in order to receive their certification. If your trainer asks you to correct your form or modify, you need to listen to them.

If you don't, you put yourself at risk of injury. In addition, sacrificing form also leads to sacrificing the quality of your workout since you get the most out of an exercise when you do it the right way. Your trainer isn't trying to berate you or make you feel bad—they're setting you up for success.

If you want to increase your ability, it's necessary to use the proper technique. Sometimes this means modifying an exercise at first. Our brains create a neurological pattern for every physical activity we do. Learning the best way to do an exercise from the beginning is the ideal, but more often than not you may have to re-learn an exercise.

Reteaching your brain and your body an exercise takes a lot of patience and persistence, but it's beyond worth it. Not only will you be safer, but your performance ability will increase. Using proper form will ensure you're targeting the muscles you're trying to work, and good form leads to good breathing.

Remember that the more tired you get during a workout, the easier it will be to ditch your technique. You can still push yourself and slow it down if you need to. While weight training, if you have to sway your body at any point to lift the weight, you need to decrease the amount of weight.

Here are a few tips for when you're working out without a trainer:

→ Treat every exercise like a full- body exercise. Pay attention to where your arms are when you're doing legs and vice versa. Always keep a strong trunk.

→ Most exercises require a neutral spine. It's very rare that an exercise will want you to have a curved or concaved back. Prevent back pain by keeping your spine in line.

→ Full range of motion is important, but don't jerk your body around. Your motions can be explosive, but they need to be controlled.

→ Stay grounded. Plant your feet in any upright exercise and evenly distribute the weight across your back when doing horizontal exercises.

→ Keep a balanced routine. If you only do the same exercises over and over, your body will get burned out. Do your pushes and pulls, your squats and bends. All of our programs are designed to ensure you keep a balanced routine.

→ When working, you have to set your entire focus on the exercise. We know it's easy to think of your grocery list or what you have to do the rest of the week ; but if you completely zone out, you might lose your good form in the process. Practice going to your happy place while being conscious of what your body is doing.

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to our team. We're always more than happy to talk you through an exercise.

Keep killing the game, Warriors.

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