|One of the fastest ways to injure yourself and NOT reach your training goals is to skip the basics and do exercises that are too advanced for you.|
This is one of the biggest mistakes I see in the gym today.
If you haven’t got the flexibility, stability and strength required to do an exercise then you shouldn’t be doing that exercise.
Why is this so important?
The training you do in the gym will either have a positive or negative effect to your performance outside the gym.
Your body’s like a computer that memorizes both good and bad movement patterns (exercises) that you do.
If you put junk into your computer in the gym then you’ll get junk out of the computer outside of the gym.
This means that if you want to hit that golf ball further, smash that lip harder or chase after your kids more effectively you need to make sure the exercises you do in the gym are done properly.
I can’t tell you how many times I see people trying to bust out as many plyometric lunges (advanced exercise) as they can in 30 seconds with bad form. Usually they’re following a training app on their phone.
Just because Chris Hemsworth can do an exercise, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should be doing it too.
You need to learn how to walk before you can run and exercise selection is no different. If you can’t do a basic lunge properly then you shouldn’t be doing plyometric lunges. Its that simple.
The key is knowing when and how to progress or regress an exercise to suit your skill level. Then you’ll be more likely to get results without the unnecessary risk of injuring yourself in the process!