By: Zach Columbia B.S. NASM. FPT
There are two types of exercisers out there. There is the exerciser who focuses on developing proper movement and becoming more efficient at performing each movement, and there is the exerciser that might as well be digging holes. What do I mean by digging holes? Well keep reading.
The Pulse Team recently recorded a podcast episode where we discussed the importance of proper form and technique in the gym. Sure, performing a movement properly prevents injury, but it also impacts your results. How? Efficiency! Being able to move more weight doesn’t just mean that you’re getting stronger, it also means that your body is becoming more efficient at performing that movement.
You see, the body is designed to move.
It will move with compensation if you let it, but a good training program requires proper movement, which teaches the body how to move without compensating. Compensating actually takes a lot more effort. Although, this wouldn’t seem like the case if you’ve been doing a movement incorrectly for a long time and then force your muscles to move and engage in the right pattern. At first it will seem much, much harder, but eventually you’ll become much, much stronger and more efficient.
As an example, think of a professional golfer’s swing vs. an amateur swing.
The pro’s swing seems so effortless, smooth, and they drive the ball so much further. The amateur’s swing looks strained, tight, and the result is not nearly as good. Why? Efficiency! The pro’s form is near perfect and his movement pattern has been reinforced by repetition.
Getting good results in the gym parallels the pro golfer. Proper movement creates efficiency, efficiency allows the lifter to move more weight, more weight creates more adaptation, that adaptation is more muscle and decreased fat.
Now back to digging holes.
If you’ve ever dug a hole, you know it’s a workout in and of itself. It also requires very little skill and technique to master. If all you care about is putting in work, you might as well go dig a hole. You’re going to lose weight, you’re going to gain muscle, and you’re going to get really good at digging. Unfortunately, you’re not going to be good at much else and will develop overuse injury.
A quality training program focuses proper movement that translates over to day to day life. That is why we focus on form and use a functional training model. Otherwise, you might as well just go out in the backyard and start digging.
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