“Bro you can lift that” …… How often have you heard this phrase uttered in gyms around Ireland with friends encouraging each other before performing an exercise? As fitness professionals, we always worry when we hear this from inexperienced lifters, as lifting the weight becomes more important than keeping their form and usually results in an injury…
The importance of correct technique when performing any type of resistance training cannot be underestimated. Our bodies are meant to move in certain patterns and we can increase the strength of these movements by performing resistance training. Incorrect training patterns however, will result in muscle imbalances in the short term and eventually injury.
For beginners to resistance training, in particular for people between the ages of 13 to 19, it is essential when learning these exercises to learn them correctly. In the short term, correct technique when performing exercises will allow for a large increase in strength and endurance. In the long term, every day activity will become easier, and more importantly, correct technique will reduce the risk of injury. Resistance training has the added benefit of also improving your performance in sport. However, if exercises are performed with the incorrect technique and excessive load, injuries are a given.
So how can we prevent this? Anyone thinking of changing their training to include resistance training or want to change the resistance exercises currently in their programmes, should first look to get a Functional Movement Screening (FMS) test done. This will account for any muscle imbalances in your body. Following that, correct instruction from a qualified professional is a must. Other sources such as Youtube videos and fitness blogs are a good way of learning about exercises but a fitness professional, weightlifting or strength and conditioning coach will provide you with feedback to ensure you are performing these exercises in a safe manner. This ensures not just your own safety but the safety of other users in your gym.
If you are a beginner to weight training/resistance training or looking to add new exercises to your programme, learning the correct technique for these exercises will reduce the chance of injuries happening and will improve your performance in sport or everyday life.
Askeaton Pool and Leisure are offering a Youth Athlete Workshop beginning on the 5th of June. This week-long course is an excellent opportunity for teens to learn about resistance training and exercise technique in a safe and effective environment. Spaces are limited so please if interested, enquire at reception today to book your place! All you need to know about our Workshop is downloadable below
So, the take home message here today: for all beginners to resistance training or anyone wanting to add new exercises to their programme, please ask a fitness professional to show you the correct technique when it comes to your training. Happy Lifting!!!
ADAM MULVIHILL - GYM INSTRUCTOR -