Why Form Is Boss & Modifications Are ImportantPosted on June 10, 2014 at 12:01 am
If you’re anything like me, you might have a little competitive blood running through your body. And by a little, I mean every last drop. I like to be the best at everything that I do. I like competing with myself. Pushing my limits. Crushing my goals. …and all of that is fine. As long as I’m safe about it.
My fitness isn’t any different. I like to use heavier weights if I’m repeating a workout that I’ve done in the past. I like to do more reps in an AMRAP workout. Shave off time from a “for time” workout. It’s important to challenge yourself and push yourself…it keeps fitness fun. BUT. You’ve got to make sure that you’re not compromising form.
When it comes to exercise: form is boss.
The more you exercise, the easier it is to not pay as much attention to your form. As you reach the end of a workout, your body is tired and you’re exhausted. You’re just trying to get through the last of it. This is when you need to pay the most attention to your form. Form can either make or break or your workouts. Not only does good form = a better workout. Good form = less chance of injury.
If you need to modify an exercise (change up an exercise that you aren’t able to do properly/comfortably) then DO IT. Don’t view modifying an exercise as a bad thing. View it as a building block…something that is making you stronger. Once you master the modified version, that’s when you know your body can potentially move on to the full version of an exercise.
I hate that people see modifications as “lazy” or “for people who aren’t in shape” …that’s not always the case! Sometimes our muscles just don’t let us do certain exercises without modifying them. And that’s okay. I would rather you modify every single exercise in a workout than have bad form doing the full version of the exercises.
Sometimes when I’m working out, I can start with the full on exercise, but as my body fatigues, I have to modify the moves at the end of the workout. That’s okay! I know that I’m pushing my body to its limits without hurting myself.
Here are some examples of exercise modifications:
- Doing a push-up from your knees rather than from your toes
- Stepping your legs out into plank for a burpee rather than jumping your legs back into plank
- Using lighter weight when preforming an exericse
So remember…form is boss! Always make sure that you are keeping good form throughout your entire workout (:
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