Ask the Professional: Correcting Form
ASK THE PROFESSIONAL
by Lindsey Herr
Our trainers are always here to help. When on the job, here are the moves they most often see being done incorrectly.
Rowing Machine or Row with Dumbbells
Lat Pull Down
All of these moves can be tricky. Not only that, but they can do more harm than good if not done correctly! Hinging at the hip can feel unnatural when trying out a new move. However, be sure to ask a professional for tips on how to do it properly. This type of movement can put undesirable stress on your back. Here's what LifeStart trainer, Paul Young, has to say about it:
"The hip hinge! I often see poor form during a KB swing, a bent over row, or a straight leg dead lift. I believe most of the issue is people just haven't been properly instructed how to "hinge". To show them, I put a band around any bar at hip height, then have them put it right in the crease of their hips. I then have them step out so they feel tension where the band is. 'Let the band pull your hips back right where that tension is by pushing the hips backward, then squeeze through the glutes and hamstrings to return to the start position.'" He also recommends looking at your form in the mirror and observing the difference between a rounded and straight spine. Not to mention that you'll feel the difference the next day!