It's been great watching everyone improve over the short number of months we have been open, seeing the gym membership grow, and everyone become stronger, faster, more fit. Hopefully you have all seen improvements in yourselves (and not comparing to others) inside and out of the gym. And if you haven't, ask anyone of us at The Compound and we'll provide a list.
However, one thing I am starting to hear now and again that I wanted to discuss is frustration when your form is critiqued. You may feel frustrated when you have not been told to do a lift in a certain way from one trainer or earlier in your learning, and now you're being told several months into your fitness transformation. For example, when you have been squatting a certain way for a while, making sure you back is rigid, your chest is up, your going below parallel, and then all of a sudden Mr./ Ms. Know-it-all Trainer comes along and tells you that you need to push your knees out farther. These newer ques you may hear on any exercise is for several reasons:
2) Different focus of accomplishment- completion vs. improvement: Just yesterday, I hit a Personal Record (PR) on a lift. One know-it-all trainer said "good job", the other know-it-all trainer (Kyle) said my elbows were way too far down. One was focusing on my achievement (thanks brother, and mom said I was the "sweet one"). The other was focusing on improving my next lift. Some days earlier in the workout or week we may want you to slow down a movement, break it down, and improve for later on. In contrast, at the end of a workout or week when you are fatigued then focusing on the completion, no matter how ugly (as long as it's safe), is all we are looking for.
4) Body types: We are all built differently, which means there is not one person that I can mimic their technique exactly and perform like them. Leg to torso ratios, arm lengths, injuries, flexibility issues, all play into how we position ourselves for exercise movements. It was interesting to see everyone who attempted the Sumo Deadlift this week. Some did better, some did not, but training the different movement added to their fitness level in some shape or form. I saw one pair working on the same bar, performing the Sumo Deadlift. Both ladies hit 205 lbs for a 3RM (PR's each and above their 1 RM), but one had to return to the regular Deadlift stance to do it while the other discovered the sumo-style was a better way to lift for her. Different body types, different methods, same great results.
These are only a few reasons of why we continue to harass you all on form. Constant improvement can only be achieved by constantly reassessing where you are at and what you want to work towards. So keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing much more improvement in the future.