Todays article is going to cover exercise technique and its importance. If you are a regular gym goer, you are guaranteed to have witnessed some very questionable exercise technique over the time, and working in this industry for a while now, I can assure you, bad technique is far more apparent than good.
Somebody can lift weights for years with bad form, you might gain a bit of muscle, you might get a bit stronger also, but ultimately, in the end you will run yourself into the ground. You just get better and better and performing incorrect movements and the longer it persists, the harder it is to change these habits.
Here I will list a couple of the more common examples –
- Poor squatting form: Common technique issues include, rounded backs, lack of depth, knees not keeping in line and weight shifting onto toes. If an individual continues performing this movement without correcting their mistakes it can lead to issues such as back pain, neck pain, muscle imbalance (overdeveloped in the wrong areas and underdeveloped in the muscles that should be working) as well as many other postural issues.
- Poor bench press (or even push up) form: Issues include, flaring elbows, improper hand placement and poor bar movement. If left uncorrected, these issues commonly lead to shoulder pain, wrist pain and other joint injuries.
Your body has something called ‘muscle memory’ meaning the longer time the incorrect technique is practiced, the harder it is to fix as your body will not want to adjust to the new methods. Not only is correcting technique beneficial in reducing the risk of injury, but it will also ensure you have a faster rate of seeing results as you will be moving in the pattern designed for your body to move and your muscles will work better together as a unit.
Technique issues are not only a problem to those participating in resistance training. Cardio vascular athletes can also be a victim. A huge reason running causes so many injuries is because people don’t realize that there is a lot of technique involved in that too! As great as it is to see people get fit and healthy after being inactive for a large portion or even their whole life, putting time into learning correct technique is definitely recommended prior to chucking on some sneakers and winging it.