No matter what sport you participate in, proper form is very important. As an avid gym rat, and personal trainer, I constantly see people not using proper form. I see this mostly in teenagers, who come in after school and work out. It`s not really their fault, unfortunately most gyms don`t offer free guidance to those who don`t know what proper form is. It`s not just teenagers , but adults alike. My suggestion is to observe people that are using the proper techniques for the particular exercise they`re doing. You can pick up a lot of great tips by using this method. It worked for me and it can work for you also.
Another misconception is how you execute a set of exercises. Let`s say you`re doing a set of 15 reps. Do you speed through it just to get it done? I don`t think so. I personally think that if you pace yourself slow to medium you will find it harder. What does that tell you? I think that going slow will increase the difficulty factor, which results in a tighter pump. Again this is my opinion, but I think most people would agree.
Another technique is going to failure. This means doing as many reps as possible until you can`t do anymore. This increases the blood flow to your muscles more than doing a normal amount of reps. This is very hard for most people including myself. I like doing my sets with the right amount of reps. ( 15,12, 10, 8). When I teach my clients proper form I also incorporate breathing. Breathing correctly is very important for a number of reasons. First you should ALWAYS exhale on the positive move which is the first move, followed by the second move which is the negative. For example, let`s say you`re doing a set of arm curls for biceps. When you first curl up, (positive move) you should always exhale or as we say in the gym, blow it out. Breathing correctly results in a more comfortable set. Just remember that no matter what body part you`re working, the first move is ALWAYS the positive move. Positive and negative moves should be done with the same rhythm for best results. Practice incorporating your breathing with proper form and it will give you a more comfortable set.
I hope this blog will help you to understand the importance of breathing correctly with proper form. REMEMBER PROPER FORM GIVES THE BEST RESULTS!
Yours in health,
Rusty Russo is author of Three Strikes You’re In.