Gym Rules - #5

Rule 5: Technique before load - we leave our ego at the door. ⁣ ⁣ This should be written in big, bold letters in every gym that has the idea of general health in mind. ⁣ It’s very important to remember that no one really cares how much weight you lift (unless your sport is performed on a platform and there are judges, judging you on how much you lift). It’s just your ego that wants to compare to others. ⁣ Sure we have certain standards (e.g. 2.25x BW trap bar deadlift, 10+ reps @ BW bench etc) that we like our athletes to aim for. But we also have certain ways of getting the bar from A to B that are non negotiable. If these aren’t met, the weight doesn’t increase. ⁣ ⁣ Completing acceptable looking repetitions is about much more than just looking pretty. It allows us to safely load the right structures as well as provide us with the greatest opportunity to achieve maximal results over the long run. Here’s @thekoolestt catching my eye with a quality set of front squats while I was rolling around on the floor. ⁣ Everything in the weight room is a skill and needs the respect of being acquired. An example in our gym would be if we had block deadlifts programmed in our session yet an athlete hadn’t yet developed the ability to hip hinge, they would be working on the skill of hip hinging with a dowel or light dumbbells before they earned the right to pick weight up off the floor. The same goes for bench pressing. If an athlete cannot complete perfect reps of a bodyweight push up then they’ve got no right to be bench pressing. ⁣ ⁣ The greater the foundation we create of quality movement, the higher our fitness pyramid can rise. ⁣ #one22

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