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The do's and don'ts behind maintaining good form during workouts

If you’ve not worked out or been in the gym for a while, it can be daunting to get back into the swing of things. Getting back into the proper mindset can take some time, but remembering the steps to correctly perform big movements, like deadlifts and squats is also crucial.

 

It’s not just newcomers to fitness who have issues with maintaining good form throughout workouts, though. Even the most experienced fitness aficionados can have trouble keeping to the correct stances, either due to gaps in their own fitness education or simply a lack of patience.

 

The Back2Fitness plan encourages users to learn the right way to workout, in an easy, approachable manner, not only with video demonstrations, but the guidance provided in the first phase of the programme in particular. The plan will give a detailed run through of how many sets and reps a workout needs. The key is to start light and work up to a relative weight.

 

Progressive development is absolutely crucial if you want to achieve your goals. There is no logic behind picking up a new exercise and trying to smash out too many reps at a heavy weight. More than anything you could even cause yourself a serious injury by not properly performing a rep.

 

Getting outside help is always a great idea, training with a partner in general often provides that extra level of motivation and can spur people onto pushing themselves to the limit. Honesty is key to extracting the most benefits of having a gym partner, though, if your mate isn’t correctly working out, have a word with them and set them straight!

 

If you’re working out on your own, then start videoing yourself. Yes, it requires a leap into the unknown and parking your ego at the front door, but the benefits of being able to see your technique and making little improvements far outweigh looking a bit silly with your phone.

 

For more on how to improve your workouts, take a look at back2fitness.co.

 

Sam Yassin

With a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and coming from the country’s most elite sporting town, Loughborough, Sam Yassin is an experienced strength and conditioning coach. He is a member of the UKSCA and is currently working towards his full accreditation. Having passed his examination and LTAD (Long-term Athletic Development) case study, he is well on his way to becoming a gold standard S&C coach. Sam has long been involved in the sporting world, having competed in a wide range of sports from a young age, despite being born with bilateral talipes and having had more than 5 lower body surgeries. In his final year of university, he gained valuable insight into what it takes to be part of a professional team as he interned at Leeds United Football Club as a strength and conditioning coach.

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