We all know the importance of good posture and keeping your back straight, and probably 9 times out 10 you think you at actually doing it correctly. Well I found that I don't always practice good posture, even when I think I am doing it correctly. Practicing good technique is vital especially in the gym, the mirrors are there for a reason and not just to look at yourself in the mirror. They are there for you to ensure that you are doing the exercises correctly, that your back is aligned and not curved.
I am slowly learning that getting the correct technique takes time and practice, also its a lot harder than you anticipate. I noticed that I start adopting bad posture and technique when I get fatigued, that unconsciously I start to curve my back and shrug my shoulders. Of course I am trying to break these bad habits, so today in the gym I worked on areas that I know I have a habit of adopting bad habits.
The problem occurs when in my head I actual think I am doing it correctly when in fact I am not, as video evidence proved. I actually recorded my exercises and then played them back after each set, so I can analyse and correct, what I saw both surprised and shocked me. As I said earlier in my head I was doing everything I was supposed to be doing correctly, my posture was good and my shoulders were back and down. What i found was that the first set was good and then of course I started to fatigue and as I got tired the more the arch came into play, as well as higher I got. The more I saw this, the more I am aware of it and now I take my time to correct it. The same principles also applied to the ski erg, skipping and sled runs.
Thinking about your posture needs to be part of your continuous thought process, as well as embracing the core. It really is going to take a lot of time and training to get this right, but by actually paying attention to how you are doing things including checking the mirrors or if possible record on your phone, its easier to identify and correct technique.
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