The body will do what is most efficient from an energy standpoint. This means that the body will attempt to cheat its way through an exercise. If you allow this to occur, you will build a body full of imbalances, which will eventually lead to a higher chance of injury. Imbalances and injuries can result in acute or chronic pain, which can go on to affect your life in the short, and long term. However, with proper guidance and structure, you can build a balanced body and decrease the risk of injury at any stage of your fitness journey. Bodies with proper alignment and mechanics will improve faster, with the potential for more benefit, no matter the goal.
Weight Loss: With improved mechanics and form, muscle activation can be achieved during activity. This results in more calories burned, and an overall higher metabolism. Proper mechanics over time will also lead to the recruitment of more muscle mass, and overall muscle activation, with the end result being increased strength. The combination of increased muscle mass, strength, and a working metabolism will burn unwanted fat at rest!
Fixing aches and pains/rehab: The body does what is easy; using small tendons, ligaments, and joints to complete exercises, rather than muscle. Acute or chronic aches and pains can arise, resulting in mild to severe injury. This pattern may also result in an imbalance between muscle groups or between sides of the body, which may also cause injury. Examples include sitting for long periods, completing squats incorrectly, and others. Learning to move correctly, with proper biomechanics, can help correct this laziness in a way that forces the body to use muscle instead of the soft tissue around joints. This removes the potential for imbalance and injury.
Strength/Balance: “Let's lift heavy as many times as possible! Because no matter what form I use, I will get stronger.” Technically yes, but for how long? Without proper form, your body will revert back to it’s lazy setting, and try and cheat muscle out of the exercise. If you attempt to add extra weight (additional to your body weight) to this scenario, not only are you going to continue to create imbalance, but in time, it will become harder to rectify. Your risk of injury will also increase as you increase the working load. However, with a good base knowledge of biomechanics, and proper form with movement, you will be able to increase strength and correct imbalances, while avoiding serious injury. You will be able to reach your goals, injury free, and with the potential to exceed your strength dreams!
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