7 Things Trainers Want to Tell You But Don't
Take their unsolicited advice to get the results you want faster
Imagine typing an email with your elbows. You could probably do it, but it would be riddled with typos and take about three times longer than if you'd stuck to the standard finger-tapping technique. My point: To get a job done in the least amount of time, using improper form doesn’t really make sense. The same is true for your workout.
Proper exercise form is not only critical for getting the body-shaping results you want, it’s also extremely important for staying pain- and injury-free. The good news is that a few small changes to your routine can help maximize every minute you spend in the gym. Trainers know this, and they want to tell you, but since not everyone appreciates unsolicited advice, they often bite their tongues. Here, seven things they’re thinking—every single day. Listen up!
When it happens: Deadlifts.
Why it’s bad: Many women have a tendency to round their back as they hinge forward during deadlifts, but this places a serious amount of stress on the back, especially when holding dumbbells. You should feel this move primarily in your hamstrings and glutes.
How to fix it: Make sure to keep your core engaged the entire time, shift your hips back, and keep your chest lifted as you lower your torso. Keep glutes engaged and a slight bend in your legs. Only lower down until you feel a slight stretch in your hamstrings, and then use your glutes, not your back, to return to standing.