Hello everyone, this is Rounak and today I am going to discuss about a very important aspect in fitness culture nowadays and that is the form of exercises performed these days around the globe in different fitness cultures.
Well, the purpose of this article is to let you know that there is a major problem going on in the present day fitness culture. Yes, it’s obvious from the article heading that the problem is all about the form for many of the exercices performed these days. People often overlook this fact,especially the beginners. Though, there are some intermediate athletes who do the same mistake as they progress into their ego lifting attitude.
We need to understand and accept the fact that there is a reason for the strict postures and forms crafted for each and every exercise. These forms and postures exist for the very purpose of prevention from certain injuries related to the exercise and the particular muscle groups involved.
For example, many intermediate athletes injure their lower back or spinal curvature while performing heavy squats with a wrong posture. One of my friends from my gym injured his spinal curvature while performing deadlifts with a lot of plates on either side, it’s obvious he was a intermediate athlete with a good physique though a ego lifter which caused him such injury. And, due to this injury he is unable to attend the gym at all, it’s just that serious.
Another important thing to discuss is a shoulder injury. As, shoulders are the parts of your body which you will be using in most of the exercises, let’s say for chest, back, arms, traps, abs and even for squats, lunges some other leg exercises. So, prevention of any sort of injury to the shoulders, be it a rotator cuff tear or shoulder joint complications shouild be of utmost concern. Going heavy on certain exercises such as skull crushers, tendinitis can occur at the elbow joints.Even on a seated or standing calf raise you can have muscle pull and strain at certain areas such as hamstrings or your ankle.
Many people injure themselves on a smith machine squat due to their wrong posture such as not holding the bar properly while they rack the bar.
I would say experience and personal observance with common sense. Anyone who lacks experience in this field can seek out knowledge about all of this online. The more you study and research, the more you learn about the correct postures, accompanied by diligent practice.
Try to focus on the muscle which you are trying to hit for a particular exercise. For a good mind to muscle connection you need to imagine that muscle stretching and contracting while you perform your set.
Basically posture refers to the body’s alignment and positioning with respect to the ever-present force of gravity. Whether we are standing, sitting or lying down gravity exerts a force on our joints, ligaments and muscles. Good posture entails distributing the force of gravity through our body so no one structure is overstressed.
An architect has to take these same laws of gravity and weight distribution into account when he or she designs a building. And like a building with a poor foundation a body with poor posture is less resistant to the strains and stresses we experience over the months, years and decades of life.
Therefore, our form and posture is of utmost importance not just in the gym but outside as well. I will finish this article here but don’t worry as, I will be back with more articles having much emphasis on the details for every exercise variations and other fitness and nutrition stuff.
Have a good day!