That’s right, I said it, form is way more important than the amount of weight you’re lifting. Some of you may be screaming, “No! That’s blasphemy! As long as I can lift 400 pounds it doesn’t matter how I get it up!”
Yea, how about you get back to me when you’re in your 40’s (those joints will be screaming!)
Here’s the deal, just like our last post that discussed proper breathing techniques, a lifter has to maintain proper form throughout all lifts in able to ensure maximum safety.
To put it simply: lift the right way or you’re going to get hurt, badly.
NOT KNOWING THE BASICS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ISSUES
All this blog has been devoted to for the first 2 months of its existence is the basics of lifting (from body types to eating to techniques). Why are the techniques important? Knowing the proper techniques keeps you safe AND ensures efficient gains. If you just start lifting without having a clue on the proper way to do so can injure yourself, others, and decrease the amount of your gains.
Of course we start this section off with how improper form is bad. Say it with me, BAD. B-A-D.
Lifting the wrong way, as stated several times throughout this post, can cause some serious injuries. For example, say you’re trying to curl a much heavier weight than you normally could if you were lifting with proper form. So, you decide to swing your hips and back in order to get the weight to the right height of the lift.
Throwing your back during a lift, especially with a heavier weight than you should be lifting, can cause serious back injuries. Such injuries include: slipped disk, damaged muscle fibers, herniated disk, etc. Trust me; it’s really not worth it.
This aspect of lifting is hard to diagnose. Not because an exercise is fake, but because there are so many exercises are there that have alterations thrown in to make things difficult. However, performing a fake exercise just because you think it will benefit you DOESN’T necessarily mean that it will.
While performing a move or lift that you’re not necessarily is legitimate, test to see how your joints and muscles react to the lift. If they react to more than just a usual strain from the weight, you have an issue. Always ask a trainer if you’re unsure.
LESS IS MORE
When I say this, I’m referring to weights. I’m referring to weights due to the fact that one of the main reasons that people lift with improper form is due to the fact that they’re lifting heavier than they should. It is definitely arguable that lifting heavier than you’re able to just to do so is the best way to gain mass muscle
Proper Form Can Lead to Better Gains
If you’re lifting properly, even with less weight, you can get great gains more often. With proper form you can always attack the right muscle fibers at the right time. Instead of using extra joints and muscle that you should never be using, focus on using the proper amounts of muscle with the proper form. This will ensure the best possible gains while getting them safely.
Trust me on this one, if won’t matter if you increase your max weight if you have to quit lifting due to a slipped disk or dislocated shoulder.
Yes, lifting heavy is always great.
Yes, increasing your max is an awesome feeling.
No, using improper form is not the best way to lift.
Lifting should be a fun, healthy, and safe experience for you and your comrades. If you ever have a question on whether the way your lift is going, always ask partner, or better yet a trainer.
Do your research, get prepared, and get lifting!