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It’s not just something trainers have to say – good form when you lift weights and exercise is critical for safety and for ensuring that you’re getting the most from your workout.

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Here are some reasons why form is so important for safe and effective workouts:

  1. Safety: Safety is number-one when it comes to well, just about everything. The same goes for exercise. When you’re lifting weights especially, it can be really easy to injure yourself – sometimes very seriously – if you do not use the correct form and posture. Form helps you avoid pulling muscles, straining them, and even tearing ligaments in extreme cases.
  2. Alignment: Did you know that your body has natural safety measures built in? It tries to keep you from injuring yourself unconsciously. However, bad form or posture can weaken those safety measures. When you have the right form as you exercise, you are keeping your body in its correct alignment. That way you can work on the muscle groups you’re targeting without harming them or other muscles.
  3. Resting: One major causes of injury is overtraining – when you work on one muscle group excessively and don’t give it time to rest. You should be alternating the groups that you exercise, avoiding overuse. The problem with bad form in this case is that it can cause you to work muscles that are supposed to be resting. Good form will focus your efforts on the right muscle groups, allowing heavily-worked areas to rest.
  4. Efficiency: You’re wasting a lot of time (and if you have a personal trainer, money) if you are exercising with bad form. Good form allows you to target the areas of your body that you are trying to work on – efficiently giving you the best workout for the time you spend. With incorrect form, you risk working on other muscle groups, and wasting the time
  5. Effectiveness: More than time, your workout will be much more effective with the right form. Poor form keeps you from getting the results you want. If you make a conscious effort with every rep, every lift, every set to make sure you’re doing it with the right posture and form, the faster your body will become stronger. The more consistent you are with good form, the faster it will become second nature.

Proper form is key to a good, safe workout, and I hope these reasons have helped to drive that home. If you need help determining the right form as you lift weights or do your workout regimen, contact us to set up a meeting with a personal trainer. Their job is to make sure you’re exercising safely and effectively, so that you can reach your fitness goals.

Now that we’ve made it through the first month of 2013 you might be at the stage where you’re re-evaluating your New Year’s resolutions and goals. Maybe you’ve decided to start something fresh now that the novelty of exercising as a resolution has worn off. It’s time to assess what you’ve been doing and look to either a fresh start or the next step with your workout planning in order to keep you going strong with your goals.

Ask yourself these three questions:

  1. What have I been doing?
  2. What were the results?
  3. What can I do to improve or change those results?

Here are three steps to take to address the questions above, and help you evaluate what you’ve been doing with exercise and fitness, and how to push toward achieving your goals. I encourage you to write these recordings down, so that you can see in the future how you’ve grown.

  1. Assess Yourself: Take a record of what you have been doing for exercise or fitness, and be honest. How much time do you spend on a daily or weekly basis for cardiovascular exercise? What are your current strength training exercises, weight amounts, and repetitions? What is your flexibility like? What kinds of foods and beverages are you consuming, and how much each day? These are all questions that can help you see where you are currently and bring you to the next step and question; what were the results?
  2. Evaluate the Effects: Note any changes you have seen from your current workout regimen. Start by recording any objectives you made prior to starting that regimen, if you can. Did you have any weight loss goals, strength or endurance targets? Record how the exercise and training you have been doing has helped you toward success with achieving these goals.
  3. Plan a Fresh Start: Now that you know where you are currently, and what has or has not worked, you’re ready to start fresh! Make new goals, and change your workout either in small changes (adding more reps here or using that machine there) or by renovating your workout regimen completely.

Your body and your health could really use a fresh start, and change on a regular basis – not just for the New Year. In fact, if you do the same thing all the time, your exercises will begin to lose effectiveness. Your body and health do not grow toward success if they are stagnant, and neither can you. You must grow and change with fresh things to continue to meet your goals and see success.

And if you’re in doubt about how to plan your fresh start, our personal trainers can provide expert advice or individual instruction to help you move toward success in your fitness goals!