To get the maximum effect out of each exercise whilst you are training you must use strict and correct form. Many people in their quest for heavier weights slowly let their form go.
Think about the muscle group you are trying to hit. Make sure you’re engaged in the movement. Agree with yourself or your coach, a duration under which that muscle should be under tension. The tempo of the exercise is one of the variables we can manipulate in the question for progressive overload.
Think about whether the muscle is under tension during the movement, if it’s not, there’s a strong likelihood that the form of resistance being used is in the wrong place in relation to muscle you’re trying to hit.
If you’re ever unsure of which muscle you’re supposed to be hitting during an exercise, or how to better position your body to engage that muscle, ask myself or one of the PT’s at MYPTstudio, and we’ll be sure to put you right.
Things to focus on when ditching the ego…
- RANGE OF MOTION
- SLOW DOWN (Assign a tempo)
- FOCUS ON MUSCLE CONTRACTION AT THE PEAK OF THE REP
- GET SOMEONE TO WATCH YOU WORKOUT, or film yourself for feedback
Mike Kelly works as a Head PT at MYPTstudio. Get in touch, here.