The Most Important Part of Any Exercise Routine
Updated: Jan 22
Whether you’re just getting started in your fitness journey or have been working out for years, it’s crucial to understand the importance of proper form. While many people want to get in the gym and lift as much as they possibly can or do as many reps until failure, what matters more is quality over quantity. Having the proper form when performing exercise is beneficial for many reasons.
Reduced Risk of Injury
When exercises are not done with the proper form, you greatly increase your risk of injury. This is particularly true as you start to lift heavier weights. Improper form can put a strain on your muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
When you're first learning an exercise, start with light weights that allow you to learn the proper form so that you can build good habits from the start. Always be cautious of your back and joints, such as knees, elbows, and hips as these are the areas that are often affected when improper form is used.
An injury will set you further back in your training, so take your time and gradually increase weights, while always putting an emphasis on performing the exercises correctly to protect yourself. If you need help learning the proper form, consider working with a personal trainer near you who can give you the guidance you need.
Use the Intended Muscles
Performing exercises with the proper form also ensures you’re using the targeted muscles, and “feeling the burn” where you should be. For example, when you’re doing a deadlift, you should be engaging your glutes.
However, if you’re feeling pain in your lower back, it could be a clear sign your form is incorrect. By using proper form and the correct muscles, it’s more likely that you’ll see the results where you want to while staying injury-free.
If you’re doing an exercise with improper form, there’s a chance you may be using more energy than necessary. For example, if you’re using your whole body to do a bicep curl, you’re using more energy than necessary (and the weight is likely too heavy).
Using the proper form will allow you to target the correct muscle and improve your breathing during the exercise, therefore giving you more power.
Learning Proper Form
If you need help learning the proper form, our certified personal trainers at Inspire Fitness Studio in Arlington are here to help. Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran that has some bad habits to break, our trainers are the can help you reach your fitness goals. Schedule a free consultation today to get started!
Joe Rindone, NCPT is a certified personal trainer and the Founder of Inspire Fitness Studio in Arlington, MA. Joe's passion for fitness has motivated him to become one Greater Boston's best personal trainers. An athlete throughout high school and college, Joe has always enjoyed being active. Currently he enjoys road races, working with his boxing coach, kettlebell training and getting out for a round of golf in his spare time.