What’s The Most Important Thing When Weight Training?
There is one thing that is CRUCIAL when lifting - form and technique. Get this wrong and not only will it be harder to get results, you will be setting yourself up for injury.
If you are a beginner, great, you can form good habits from the start, if not, you will have to work a bit harder to change your habits and develop good form.
Bad form can be a result of bad habits, trying to lift too heavy or simply not knowing the best way to do things. Sometimes we have good form for the first few reps, then it worsens as muscles tire. It's best to use a weight you can do 10-12 reps with good form, then increase gradually. This is a marathon not a sprint and trying to push your body harder than it wants to go will set you back.
Training with a smaller weight with great form and technique is much more effective than using bigger weights and poor form. You might know you can lift and extra 5kg, but if you aren’t doing it properly it’s not helping your training.
How do you get the right form? One way is to use a trainer - you may only need a couple of sessions for them to make sure you are doing things right, then you can carry on yourself. If this isn’t an option, there are 100’s of you-tube videos showing you the correct form.
I’m not going into all the correct forms here as that would make for a long article...but generally:
- Keep your back straight and abs tight.
- Perform each rep in a slow controlled way.
- Use a full range of motion.
- Pay attention to the muscle you are working.
My top tip is to film yourself when training. This might feel a bit cringe, but if you are at home, who cares!! You can then compare this to a video showing correct form and see what you are doing right and what you can improve.
It might be frustrating working on small bits of technique, but over time it is well worth it. We all want to improve, get stronger, get more toned or build muscle, but doing it safely is so important.
The other important thing is just to start!! Don’t do it tomorrow, do it today. Even if it's just a few kettlebell swings, do something and you will feel better for it!