5 Steps to Transforming Your Lifts Into Greatness

A personal trainer’s rant about technique

I am male personal trainer, which in return means I have an ego when it comes to lifting weights. I like to lift heavy and I want to get better every day. Now, I am not a bodybuilder, I run too much and have a more ectomorph bodytype but I am a multi-discipline athlete who lifts weights 4 days a week, runs 3 days a week and does martial arts 3-4 days a week.[video_player type=”youtube” youtube_auto_play=”Y” youtube_remove_logo=”Y” width=”360″ height=”180″ align=”right” margin_top=”2″ margin_bottom=”20″ border_size=”2″]aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cueW91dHViZS5jb20vd2F0Y2g/dj1QTlpNUlM2cG5xSQ==[/video_player]

I am definitely competitive but what I have seen in gyms, especially under the guidance of “so called personal trainers” is terrible. They have people do “butt to the floor” squats and their client’s form falls apart. A deadlift is performed with no regards to form, and what some people consider a chin up or a pull up I call wildly swinging from a bar and getting up with no regards to shoulder stability and lower back issues. I have included a short two minute video for your amusement. The video of one of our clients below is an example on how to do the same exercise correctly: [video_player type=”youtube” youtube_auto_play=”Y” width=”320″ height=”180″ align=”right” margin_top=”3″ margin_bottom=”20″ border_size=”3″]aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cueW91dHViZS5jb20vd2F0Y2g/dj1xQmJoLUh4N1NNNA==[/video_player]

The forgiving body

When you are younger you can get away with a lot of that crap for quite a while before payback comes and hits you square in the head. What is our primary goal as personal trainers or athletes?

Health. Without it I cannot reach my other goals. As a trainer I am responsible for the person in my care. If I want that person to work out for the rest of her/his life, I have to make sure that the body stays healthy!

There is no point in having a personal record one week when the pain resulting from it puts me or my client out of commission for two weeks or longer.

5 Action Steps To Lifelong Performance

  1. Learn a movement first before you start loading it up. Use a coach or a reputable personal trainer. It does not matter if we talk about lifting weights, running, swimming, or golf. You need to have the necessary skill set.
  2. Use a spotter frequently and have them tape you. Compare your form with athletes that know what they are doing.
  3. Instead of muscle failure go for technical failure. The moment you cannot do a squat, bench press, push up, etc. with good form your muscles have failed even though you might be able to muscle the weight up.
  4. Pain is your body’s signal that something is wrong. You should not be in pain, not during a workout or afterward. You might be sore but pain should never be the case. If you have pain you did something wrong, or your body is structurally not made to perform this particular exercise especially if you have a pre-existing medical history.
  5. Reality check –  I am working out alone. I often don’t have a spotter. Each training I am asking myself: Am I doing this correctly? Do I use the correct form, full range of movement? Am I taking shortcuts in order to lift heavier, run further or faster? Sometimes that answer is yes! I go down in weight (A real woman or man is capable of going down in weight!), distance or speed. I have to readjust and work on my technique again.

I hope these 5 tips will help you be the best you can be in your training! I want you to perform at your best, so you can be your best!

Let me know if you need help with your weight training,

 

Michael

 

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