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Teaching Your Clients About Lifting and Body Form

One of the most common mistakes people make when beginning to lift weights is not learning about or utilizing proper form, which is both scary to watch but also unsafe for a person’s body and can lead to injuries. No matter how much weight your clients are lifting, proper form should always be taught first. Check out a few reasons why you should teach proper form and how it can prevent certain injuries for your clients in the future.

Decrease Injury

Allowing your clients to throw around weights without proper form can lead to a variety of injuries that could be short-term or last a lifetime. As their trainer or coach, you are responsible for decreasing their chances of injury. Many common injuries from weight lifting include dislocations, sprains, tendinitis, fractures, and sprains, to name a few. More long-term injuries include nerve damage, bone stress, muscle tears, and more. Spending time with your client to understand why proper form is important and to teach them exactly how to lift can significantly decrease their chances of experiencing these injuries. As they continue their fitness journey it’s important to keep reminding them of proper form, as it is easy to slip back into bad habits.

Improve Results

Teaching your clients to use proper form leads to improved results, which will always make a client happy. Many lifting exercises often target a particular muscle or muscle group. If their form is off, the muscle may not be able to be used correctly putting pressure on the wrong muscles and joints. Have your client stand in front of a mirror with a lower weight so they can see and feel exactly the muscle they should be targeting with a particular form. Then have them slowly increase the weight to their usual amount to keep their form. This is a great way for clients to understand that form equals results.

Tips on How to Teach Form

There are a variety of aspects that go into proper form besides standing and using muscles in the correct position. Having your clients think about the big picture of an exercise routine can help them understand the importance of the small things, like form.

  • Warm-up the muscles before hitting the weights. Lifting on a cold muscle can increase the chance of injury. Have your client warm up their body with an aerobic exercise for about five minutes before lifting.  
  • Increase Weight at a very slow rate. Every little increase is added weight on muscles. Give them time to adjust. Increasing a weight at smaller rates will show results faster for clients.
  • Using Full Range of Motion is going to help your clients understand their limits. Encourage them to try hard, but if moving a certain way becomes uncomfortable it is time to stop. This will eliminate joint injuries and pulled muscles.

After all of the instruction and tips you give your client, it’s important to end by helping them understand the need to listen to and pay attention to their body. When they become more in tune with their body they can tell you what works and doesn’t work and therefore help you tailor their fitness routine to their abilities. Many clients are also looking for recommendations on supplements to add to their diets. It’s important to provide them with quality and safe ingredients that will get them to reach their goals. InterHealth has a variety of product ingredients that can help you and your clients reach their fitness goals today. 

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