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Edgar Benitez, CSCS, Director


December 1, 2023

Did You Know Form Isn't the Most Important Thing to Avoid Gym Injuries?

It's a common belief in the fitness world that perfect form is the key to avoiding injuries. But what if I told you that's not the entire story? In reality, understanding the function and intention behind each exercise is often more crucial. Let's explore why.

The Myth of Perfect Form:We've all been there, trying to emulate the flawless form of a fitness guru, believing this is the surefire way to avoid injuries. But here’s the twist – not everyone’s body is suited to the same form. When you try to fit into a one-size-fits-all form, you might be setting yourself up for failure, or worse, injury.

Understanding Function Over Form:The true goal of any exercise is its function – what you're trying to achieve with it. Take the bent-over row, for instance. You're aiming to work your lats, but if you're rigidly sticking to a form that doesn't suit your body, you might not engage the intended muscles effectively. This misalignment can lead to strain and injuries.

Individual Differences and Exercise Adaptation:Each body is unique – with its own structure, fitness level, and experiences. This diversity means that exercises need to be adjusted to fit individual needs. When you tailor an exercise to your body, you reduce the risk of injury and increase effectiveness.

Redefining Form Through Function:Instead of chasing an elusive 'perfect form,' focus on the function of the exercise. By understanding the muscle you want to target and the movement required to engage it, your body will naturally find the best form for you. This personalized approach to form is key to safely and effectively reaching your fitness goals.

Starting with Adaptability:To avoid gym injuries, start by exploring and modifying exercises to suit your body. It might mean adjusting your stance, grip, or range of motion in a bent-over row. These small tweaks can make a big difference in how your body responds to the exercise.

Conclusion:In the gym, function should lead, and form should follow. By prioritizing the purpose of each exercise and tailoring it to your individual needs, you're more likely to avoid injuries and achieve better results. Remember, in fitness, there's no universal 'perfect form.' Your body's needs should dictate how you move.

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