Proper Form | Biomechanics | Portland Personal Trainer

Form is important!  No matter what you are doing, be it deadlifting, squatting, lunging, running or playing mini-golf, it is important to have proper form and biomechanics.  Of course, it can be more important in certain exercises than in others – swimming is much more heavily reliant on proper form than running is – but every exercise relies on form to some extent.There are two primary reasons why form is so important.  The first is that proper form enables proper targeting of the muscle that needs to be strengthened.  For example, when doing a regular dumbbell curl, it is important to keep the upper arm still. Once the upper arm begins to move forward while the curl is being performed, the biceps is not the only muscle being targeted, and the exercise won’t be as effective.Equally important, however, is the safety that proper form gives many exercises.  When somebody is slinging around heavy weights, holding them over their chests or behind their necks, safety is crucial.  Dropping a hundred and forty pounds of barbell onto your chest would ruin anyone’s day, and proper form, in theory, should keep that from happening.  It will also help to keep less traumatic injuries from occurring.  In the same way improper form can recruit muscles we don’t want to be working, proper form can help protect muscles and joints from getting injured over time.  A great example of this is proper form in the squat.  Good form in a squat entails driving the hips backwards and lowering into a position where the thighs are parallel with the ground.   However, many people lead with their knees and allow them to extend past their toes, putting stress on the knees and possibly damaging them.  Proper form protects the knees, and allows the squat to be performed with minimal risk.In short, proper form and biomechanics are important because they will allow you to gain strength and, ideally, will keep you from becoming injured.  Improper form will result in less than ideal muscle strengthening, and may get a person injured, whether through the repeated use of an incorrect action or a single traumatic incident that can break bones or tear muscles, ligaments or tendons. The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon 107 SE Washington Street Suite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241