Parallels

Just as this new training has taught me to be mindful of my daily routine strategies, it has taught me to be mindful of my posture as well.

I know that I lift with my back so I’ve had to remain totally focused on the mind to muscle thing. Deadlifts take a long time for me because I am concentrating on my glutes and hamstrings otherwise my lower back will take over. I need to focus and plan that hip hinge before I descend into a sit position leveraging the weight into my heels.

Likewise, when I wake up in the morning, I remind myself about why I am up at this time, what I need to do next and where my reminders are. Otherwise my day will be spent all willy nilly. Now, we can’t have that, can we?

Let’s Talk About Posture

If you’re like me and your body suffers from imbalance or poor posture, it’s wise to hire a trainer. Lifting weights is great, but doing it incorrectly can lead to serious injury. The older we get, the more untreated issues can plague us especially the lower back, knees and hips.

Also, if we sit at a desk all day, chances are your back is giving you trouble already. For example, if you’ve been lacking in stretching or rolling your back or quads or anything that’s sore, those muscles are not going to behave favourably when you force them to contract as hard as they can.

Sandra's first attempt at a front squat.
This picture is a good depiction of how NOT to perform a front squat.

Don’t Go It Alone

Asking for help can make a big difference in your performance. If you are second guessing your form when you look in the mirror, chances are your doing it wrong.

Even if you work with a trainer once a week to work on your weak spots, it could make all the difference in the world. Getting someone to show you what you are doing wrong and how to do it right could be all that you need to strengthen your weaknesses.

Support

Having your partner in crime join you at the gym could be something the two of you enjoy and support each other with. Or, take some time out with your favourite gal pal and have a few laughs while your building that muscle. Also, make sure to bring your lifting belt. This is really important especially when you’re lifting in an upright position as it reduces stress on the lower back. Also, it prevents back hyperextensions when you’re performing overhead lifts.

Training Like A Champ

I’ve been lucky to find some great people to help me with my training adventure. As a result, I’m confident when I’m attempting things like squats because I know my form will be corrected instantly. It gives me strength and confidence to venture forth into this territory not yet explored. I know that every time I lift or squat, I am improving my posture.

Sandra with her trainer. Learning how to lift.
Sandra with Sherrill from Refine Fitness

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