How on-the-spot corrections to ensure proper exercise form helps workouts and reduces injuries
If there’s one truth in exercising, it’s the fact that training with proper form is the most effective and safest way to get the most out of your routine. No matter what your goals are, ensuring good technique should come as number one on your priority list.
The problem is, proper exercise form is very context-specific, body-type specific, fitness level specific and there is no one ‘proven way, ‘textbook technique’ or cookie-cutter solution for everyone. In today’s post, we’ll delve into the topic of proper form and why it is extremely critical
The Myth of Perfect Form
There is no such thing as perfect form. It doesn’t exist. It’s a unicorn.
Too many people are always looking for the perfect solution. The perfect diet. The perfect exercise routine. The perfect technique to perform a given exercise.
In biology, and when dealing with actual human beings, perfect doesn’t exist. We may look for what’s optimal in a certain scenario, but that’s about it.
Many factors influence our form, and there’s no way to design a solution that would fit everyone, even if some consider it ‘perfect’ or ‘the best.’ For example, different people have different limb lengths. Therefore what is considered ‘textbook technique’ on the deadlift for some could be a one-way ticket to Snap City for others.
Depending on your hip anatomy, it may not be advisable for you to squat past a certain depth. Yet, so many gurus out there tout the idea of ‘ass to grass.’ So, should you follow that advice then?
And yet another example:
Say that you exclusively bench press with a narrow grip because you want to develop your triceps more and that width doesn’t bother your shoulders. But then comes some expert, claiming that your grip should be exactly 1.53 times shoulder width because that’s what ‘perfect form is.’
Do your training goals, fitness level, body type and personal preferences not matter then?
Or maybe you like to do speed work on the bench press on Monday and aim to lift the bar as quickly and as explosively as you can. But ‘perfect form’ states that you should lower that bar for 2 seconds. I could give you a million examples, but you get my point. Rather than chasing the ‘perfect,’ aim to find what works best for you, your personal goals, injury history, and preferences.
So, how do you do that most optimally?
You see, training is quite complex, and trying to figure it all out on your own can be hell.
The good news is, there are plenty of excellent coaches out there that could provide you with the guidance you need to get the most out of your training. More importantly, they can help you train safely and minimize the risk of injury.
As I stated, we are all different and what might work well for your buddy could be bad for you and vice-versa.
With on-the-spot corrections, a good coach can tweak things such as your stance, your footwear, how much you point your toes out, and how quickly (or slowly) you lift the weight, to help ensure proper exercise form.
Additionally, on-the-spot corrections allow a good coach to see what possible movement impairments you might have and could prescribe a mobility routine or a physical therapist to help you fix that. And if that isn’t possible (as is the case with the hip anatomy), on-the-spot corrections allow the coach to tweak different movements and have them fit you and your body better.
The vision for Flawless Plank
The goal of the app is enable on the spot corrections as you plank – to ensure proper guidance during the plank to reduce injury and provide the benefit of this isometric exercise. While it may not replace a fully trained coach it can provide guidance that are the main cause of injury or ineffectiveness - such as a raised waist or low waist.