Saturday, April 23, 2011

Quick Tip: Proper Technique is MOST Important!

I see it all the time.  A guy in the gym sees a bigger, stronger guy lifting heavy weight.  The smaller guy says to himself, "Oh hell no, I can lift that too!  I'm gonna show this guy!"  Then he proceeds to perform the exercise with the WORST FORM EVER IN LIFE!  You know what I'm talking about.  I may even be describing YOU!  Well, I'm here to tell you that you are doing more harm to yourself than good!

First of all, for a given resistance exercise, PROPER FORM IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WEIGHT!  Your objective is to engage as many muscle fibers as possible.  This can only be accomplished with proper weight lifting technique.  By using improper form, you are less likely to engage every muscle fiber in a given body part (bicep, tricep, etc), resulting in slower, less effective muscle growth. 

Secondly, you are FAR more likely to injure yourself!  Improper lifting technique is one of, if not, the most common cause of weight training injuries.  So if you notice yourself using improper lifting technique as you increase weight, let go of your ego, drop the weight, and KEEP YOUR FORM!!


Dr. O 
"I don't live to eat...I eat to live!"

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