There are a lot of things that can go wrong and that you can do wrong in the gym. The most serious and dangerous thing you can do wrong in the gym, however, is bad form. Before you can even add one pound of weight to an exercise, you must have a deep understanding of proper form before you attempt any workout.
Here are 2 biggest reasons why you shouldn’t be allowed in the gym unless you have been trained by someone who knows what they’re doing.
1. Bad Form Causes Injury
This is the number 1 reason why you need to know proper form before getting in the gym. Lifting anything, and even simple things like running, can cause life-long injury if you don’t have proper form. And if you aren’t getting injured, you better believe you’re creating muscular imbalances that will eventually lead to injury and an unhealthy body. You’ll be doing more harm than good to your body. You may think you’re doing it right, but unless you have done extensive research and/or have had someone coach you, chances are, you probably aren’t. Or at least not perfectly. Which leads into my next point.
2. Bad Form Minimizes Strength Potential
If you have bad form, you’re most likely slowing down your growth and strength potential, and performing the movements inefficiently. There’s a reason that there is a technique to lifting. It’s not only to prevent injury, but it is also to maximize the amount of weight you can lift by understanding biomechanics and creating and maximizing efficiencies. Lifting with good form helps you get stronger the right way, quicker.
So in short – lift with good form. If you don’t know what good form is, or even if you think you do, continue to research it or use a personal trainer, and actively pay attention to your form. It is something you must think about, develop, and work on, every time you pick up a weight or step in the gym. You’ll get stronger and minimize injury because of it.