“Keep your eyes and head up!” Those words probably ring in the back of your mind if you’ve ever participated in high school sports where squatting was a staple, I know it was at my school. What if this advice was actually some that could cause you issues? You’d be right if you agreed! We’re going to dive in as to why the advice of “eyes and heads up” is bad for you and hat you can do to ensure you don’t end up with back pain or other serious issues in the future.
This article was written and shared by Ben Lawson, ISSA CPT and Owner of Lawless Fitness
When I ask people why they warm-up the number one response is, “to prevent injury”. Although that’s a positive side effect of an effective warm-up, there is so much more to it than that.
The problem is when I talk about mobility or warming up properly I lose the bodybuilders, most power-lifters, cross-fitters and all the gym bros. Most will tune out and file this in the woo-woo hipster fitness crowd who can’t stop talking about Ayahuasca retreats, Paleo, Keto...
Welcome to my top 10 things you should stop doing in order to maximize your muscle gains. Let’s jump in shall we?
Skipping the Warm-up
This is probably a no-brainer to the seasoned athlete, but to the beginner it may just be an item of uncertainty. Why should you warm up and what should you do? You should warm up the muscles you are going to train during your next workout. For instance, if you are planning to go heavy on bench press, ensuring your shoulders/rotator cuff are warmed up will help prevent injury and poor form. Don’t skip the warm-ups...