Correct posture while weightlifting increases its effectiveness and helps prevent injuries. When we’re weightlifting our goals are all pretty much the same whether it’s to gain strength or lose weight. We’re in it to get/stay in shape and lead a healthy lifestyle. In order to maximize the results from our efforts it’s important to maintain correct posture while weightlifting. It’s especially important for avoiding injuries. If we hurt ourselves weightlifting there’s a good chance we’ll need to rest and remain inactive while we recover – not an ideal scenario. There is a plethora of articles and videos available online to assist us on how to achieve correct weightlifting posture. It’s a great entryway to increase your weight training knowledgebase. However, the best way to learn when starting out is to employ the services of a knowledgeable trainer at your local gym. You don’t have to hire them as your full-time trainer, but working with a trainer once in a while is a good idea to make sure your form is spot on (unless, of course, you want a personal trainer every time you lift). Even if you’ve been weight training for years it’s a good idea to occasionally work with a trainer to check your technique and make adjustments as needed. There are a few important tips no matter what type of weightlifting you’re doing to maintain proper posture other than just good form:
Warm up Before doing any sort of weightlifting it’s important to do a few minutes of aerobic exercise to increase blood flow to your muscles. Lifting with cold muscles can lead to serious strains, pulls, and even tears.
Proper weight It is much easier to maintain proper weightlifting form and technique with a weight you can manage than with a higher weight you struggle to lift.
Breathe This sounds easy as it is something you do on a daily basis without thinking. However, many people tend to hold their breath while weightlifting. Exhale when lifting the weight and inhale as you lower it.
If you experience pain while weightlifting heed the warning. Stop what you’re doing and try again another day. The old adage “no pain, no gain” is somewhat true but lifting through pain – the kind that is sharp or lingers – is a bad idea. Read our post here
about playing/lifting through pain and when to shut it down. Stay smart about what your body tells you. Weightlifting is one of the best activities for a healthy lifestyle. Don’t limit what you can do by practicing poor technique.