When training clients, teaching group fitness classes, and even exercising on my own, I constantly stress and practice proper form and safety cues-
probably more than anyone wants to hear.
Using proper form while exercising is crucial for many reasons:
- preventing injuries,
- proper use of energy,
- targeting muscle(s) groups,
- effective and functional workouts.
Working out is hard-it takes effort on a regular basis to achieve your desired goals. Make it easier on yourself and do it right the first time! “Put your mind in your muscle(s)”
Here are more proper form and safety cues-these can never be used enough!
- engage your core muscles
- exhale on the exertion, inhale to recover
- when squatting and lunging, keep your knee(s) behind toes and inline with ankle(s)
- keep your neck neutral with your spine
- keep your wrist aligned with your forearm
- chest up, shoulders back and down
- relax your shoulders (don’t “shrug” up)