Form Matters

Form Matters

There’s always a right way and a wrong way to get things done. This goes for the gym as well. The key to a successful workout is perfecting a movement, whether running or lifting, without sacrificing form. Correct body alignment is more important than pushing out a certain number of reps in a set amount of time. So before you run 10 miles or take that overhead press, make sure you’ve got your form down with these tips below.
Weight Lifting Form

When lifting weights, don’t strain. This includes arching the back, straining the neck, or moving your body to generate momentum to lift the weight. While weight training, remember to breathe. Overly forceful breathing can leave one light headed. Another key in lifting is to use full range of motion, without over extending. Pushing past the natural range of motion can cause injury to the joints.

Running Form

Proper form while running can help eliminate injury and aid in increases speed. However, making a radical change in your form suddenly could cause to injury, so ease into the proper form slowly. Proper form entails maintaining a short, quick stride. Keep knees in line with foot. Be sure your foot strikes under the knee, not extended in front. Elbows should be at a 90 degree angle or less. Hands should be relaxed and loose, held below the chest. Keep head up, gaze straight ahead, with shoulders back.

For more information on weight lifting technique and form, talk with a Franklin Athletic Club’s personal trainer. Our personal trainers offer practical and affordable means of motivation and consistency while safely reaching your fitness goals. Call today.