Tweak These Common Exercises to Better Suit Your Body Type

Designing your plan isn’t just about selecting good exercises. It’s about the picking the best options for you body. If every workout were created equal, then all plans would deliver the same results and consist of the exact same movements. While most training plans do boil down to some commonalities, there’s a reason why so…

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How Your Body Shape Affects Weight Lifting Form: A Physics Lesson

You’ve heard all the cues, from keeping your chest up, to pushing your knees out. You’re sure you’re doing everything right, but it still feels all wrong. If this sounds anything like you at the gym, it might be because you’re not using the right form for your body.

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I also recommend filming yourself. Some apps track bar travel, as well as measuring acceleration and velocity. It’s helped me find sticking points to adjust form.

Go Barefoot at the Gym to Get More Out of These Exercises

Walk into any drug store, and you’ll find an aisle dedicated to foot problems: inserts, insoles, foam, orthotics, toe spacers, heel liners, arch relief, arthritis relief, blister protection.

They’re supposed to relieve and prevent pain so you can comfortably wear your shoes. But we wouldn’t need the majority of these remedies if it weren’t for shoes in the first place, according to Martin Rooney, P.T., C.S.C.S., chief operating officer of the Parisi Speed School and founder of Training for Warriors.

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  1. If you are worried about actually being barefoot in the gym for dead lifts *and* running afoul of gym rules (pushups and lunges you can do anywhere barefoot), you can try wearing shoes like Vibram Five Finger shoes. This is anecdotal, but I have them, and they work great for that purpose.
  2. If you do a lot of dead lifts, you know it’s generally not something you do after you ran/jumped rope/played basketball and got your feet all sweaty. It’s probably the first thing you did, with your freshly put-on gym clothes. Taking your shoes off for the 15 minutes you spend on that exercise will hurt nothing, except your potentially once-clean socks.
  3. This is an article pointing out something very small for secondary benefits to commonly done exercises. It’s a nice, quick post; however, not worth getting your socks in a knot over it. It’s optional.

I’ve been to gyms where going barefoot is totally acceptable, so it’s not a no-no everywhere. Those who think foot germs are somehow worse than regular dirt and sweat germs are welcome to choose a different gym (or just keep their shoes on, themselves, and refrain from licking the floor).