How Important Is Exercise Technique? By Paul Fischer
The subject of exercise technique is a debate that should be put to rest once and for all. The farther the body moves away from a neutral position, the more wear and tear will occur. A neutral position for the body is an alignment of the ear, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle from the side view. The more forward the head, the more the shoulders will move into a rounded position. This will promote a steeper Lumbar Spine extension. When this happens in movement it equals poor motor programming, which means you train the body to move like this more often in the future. We all are working against gravity and degeneration on a daily basis. Poor exercise technique only adds to this. Pain items are rarely the result of an immediate movement unless we are talking about a fall or loss of balance. Pain items from improper exercise form generally show up years later and cannot be traced. In the age of HIIT, P90-X, Boot Camp, and Plyometric Training technique is more important than ever. Movement for the body is healthy when it is proper movement. Proper movement will allow you to continue with your fitness plans and hobbies while keeping the nagging injuries to a minimum.