Updated July 30, 2019
You know those moments when you are doing an exercise, let’s say a Dumbbell Side Raise and you think you’re doing it right, but something feels a bit off? You have a suspicion that something isn’t quite perfect in your technique, but you’re just not sure what to do?
When you put your body into a great starting position you are setting yourself up for optimal success.
Remember when you were little and learning to write? Your teacher had you sit up straight in your chair, with your butt touching the back of the chair, your feet firmly planted on the floor and your shoulders back. Remember? This positioning would set you up for better penmanship! The same rules apply to your strength training workouts.
By putting your body into a specific position before you begin a move, you are creating a foundation to push and pull from properly. By putting your Shoulders in place before you begin your Biceps Curl, you are ensuring that the right muscles will be used during the move.
A very common mistake I see TONS of women make is that they pick up a set of dumbbells and begin. In my experience, most women are a bit weak in their Deltoid (Shoulder) muscles. Without proper positioning at the start, they end up relying on the muscles around the neck to move. This means that the Deltoids aren’t getting the strengthening that they need. In short, you end up compensating and using other muscles rather than the ones that you intend!
In order to create the most visually beautiful physique, you must ensure that your technique is great.
I have a great new video for you below that shows you exactly how to set your body up for success in your strength training workouts. Check it out below!
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Practice does not “make perfect.” “Prefect practice” makes perfection.
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