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5 Reasons Why Form Is Important When Working Out

When it comes to working out, it’s clear quality trumps quantity. Whether you’re lifting, running, jumping or squatting, knowing how to perform specific exercises is key to going harder as well as avoiding injury and seeing better results. Yet while not all of us can afford a PT on a weekly basis, knowing why form is so important when working out is the key to a healthy, toned body. We sat down with Sam Pepys, personal trainer and Founder of SP Performance, for his top tips and to understand why form is so important, whether we’re hitting the treadmill or mastering the deadlift. Read on and take note...

Proper form reduces the likelihood of injury

Probably the most important reason for maintaining proper form is the prevention of injury. Poor form places unnecessary pressure on muscles, tendons and ligaments, which can lead to strains and injuries. For example, lifting a weight that is too heavy will lead your body to naturally compensate in other areas – this can cause joints and muscles to become overloaded, a sure-fire route to injury.

It leads to better efficiency

Why work harder when you can work smarter? Proper form helps you workout more efficiently so you can use your energy for the extra push rather than wasted movements. Don’t think a heavier weight equates a better workout – using a lighter weight that allows you to maintain correct form without over-compensating in other areas is the key to proper muscle activation, leading to improved performance and results.

It supports oxygen flow

Good form helps you breathe more fully and supports better oxygen intake. Breathing also plays a pivotal role in protecting the body when exercising, providing it is done correctly. Try to inhale, tense your abs and hold just before you lift; exhale at the top of the movement and repeat for each repetition. This is referred to as ‘abdominal bracing’ – it will help to activate all layers of the core muscles, enhancing spinal stiffness (this is a good thing when lifting weights) and providing stability. If you’re unfamiliar with the technique, seek advice from a qualified personal trainer.

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Good form helps you perform consistently

Proper form means you are doing the same thing the same way, every time. This is crucial for continued strengthening, toning and performance. If you feel acute pain or stiffness surrounding a joint, or a significant reduction in range of motion in a muscle, then it’s time to back off. Allow adequate rest and if the symptoms persist, seek advice from a physio.

Always remember to warm-up

In order to get the best results from your workout – especially if you’re lifting weights – it can pay to activate your muscles prior to your session. For example, a lot of people are weak in their glutes, which means that when they do exercises like squats and deadlifts, the glutes won’t fire up as well as they should. While I advise you to seek advice from a PT when it comes to muscle activation, a simple resistance band can be a great way to get your muscles firing up. Remember to work slowly and put your full attention on the muscle you’re activating.

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