Lifting position matters!
The lifting position is one of the most important factors in strength training. You need to choose the right way to lift weight safely.
If you are not sure which is best, then it’s better to stick with the safest method, even if it means less gains than other methods.
Why does lifting position matter?
Injuries are very common among trainees. They often suffer from injuries because they don’t lift correctly. For example, some people do not use their lats properly while others use them too much or not enough. Some people do not keep their shoulders down during the movement and others raise them up too high. These types of mistakes cause many problems such as pain, weakness, and injury.
If you want to build muscle mass, you have to lift weights. Therefore, it is essential that you learn correct lifting technique.
When doing so, you will increase your strength and improve your physique. However, if you don’t lift correctly, then you won’t get any results whatsoever.
What are the benefits of proper lifting technique?
Here are just a few:
You’ll develop stronger muscles and bones. Your joints will stay healthy and strong.
You won’t suffer from muscle strains, back pain, and other lifting injuries. You will improve your performance in the gym and in other physical activities outside of the gym.
It is easy to learn proper lifting technique. All you have to do is to use correct form while training and avoid bad habits.
The next time you go to the gym, pay attention to how people lift weights. You will quickly see that some of them have good lifting form while others don’t. If you’re unsure about your lifting form, then ask for help from a trainer at your gym.
Who should avoid lifting position?
Not everyone can lift weights. Some people have medical conditions and injuries that prevent them from doing so. Others are not yet experienced enough to lift weights properly. If any of the following statements describe you, then you should not start lifting weights:
You are recovering from major surgery or an injury. You are not used to lifting weights yet.
You are under 18 years old. You suffer from heart disease, a musculoskeletal disorder, or any other medical condition. You are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you currently take medication, then talk to your doctor before starting weight training. The medication that you are taking may affect your ability to lift weights.
You should also talk to a personal trainer and explain your situation before starting weight training. The trainer can advise you on the best training plan and help you with correct lifting form.
How to lift weights properly?
Always use proper lifting form when lifting weights. If you have already lifted weights before, then it’s time to review proper lifting techniques again. Use the tips below to help you with your next workout:
Warm up before starting your routine. This will prepare your body for the physical activity that lies ahead.
Sources & references used in this article:
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Vehicle configuration with motors that rotate between a lifting position and a thrusting position by RD Welsh – US Patent 9,561,849, 2017 – Google Patents
Self equalizing lifting device by JPC Hogg – US Patent 4,762,355, 1988 – Google Patents