Proper form is the most important and most overlooked part of fitness. Those who follow proper form will see long-term benefits and be able to hit new maxes within their fitness goals with ease. This is something that if you have a personal trainer they have hammered this home.
Your personal trainer cannot be there every time you work out, so it’s easy to fall into the trap of not using proper form. This is a huge mistake though. One major thing that improper form will do is you will not be targeting the muscles you are trying to work. This is because you will activate other muscles to help you get the weight you are pushing up.
I understand this sounds like a great thing because you are engaging more muscles into an exercise. Unfortunately, it is not that simple. Engaging muscles that are not intended for an exercise take the stress off the muscle you are supposed to be working, which will limit desired muscle gains.
Proper form can also prevent serious injury. If you have ever pulled a muscle or injured yourself due to lifting, you know it’s not a pleasurable experience. It takes weeks, sometimes even months to fully recover. While you are recovering, remember, you also cannot lift.
Now not only are you injured, but now you are stuck on the couch recovering and not being able to achieve your fitness goals. This is the worst predicament for anyone seriously working towards new levels of fitness.
Proper form all comes down to this—educate yourself. Listen to your trainer on proper form, they do know best for you. After all, that’s why you hired them in the first place. You will eventually make it to your goals. It is a long process, but if done safely in proper form, it can be quicker and more efficient than you think.