Everyone should consider including a basic weight lifting or resistance routine within their overall exercise program. However, before heading to the gym to pump some iron, it’s important to understand proper exercise form.
When you perform an exercise with poor form, there’s a high risk for error and, subsequently, injury — even with seemingly simple moves. Not only that, but bad form also makes an exercise less effective. It’s a no-win situation that every exerciser absolutely wants to avoid.
Here, Douglas Ebner, a sports performance specialist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, helped us highlight five exercises that gym-goers execute improperly most often, and the tips you need to know to make sure you’ll perform them the right way.
Push-Ups — The Wrong Way
Ebner noted that many exercisers use improper hand placement when performing push-ups. “Positioning your elbows wider than your hands can cause elbow and wrist pain and overuse of your triceps,” he said.
Push-Ups — The Right Way
For proper push-up form, place your hands directly under your shoulders and be sure to keep a neutral spine in order to prevent your hips from pushing up towards the ceiling or sagging towards the floor.