Using muscle over momentum will give you better results from your workouts.
In the bustling world of fitness, it’s easy to use momentum in our workouts. But, by prioritizing muscle over momentum, we can maximize the benefits of our workouts and transform the way we exercise.
Studio 5 Fitness Contributor Emily Nelson urges us to shift our focus from mindless movement to intentional muscle engagement.
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How to Use Muscle Over Momentum
Emily points out that a common mistake in workouts is letting momentum take control. When we succumb to the beats of the music or the rush of the routine, we often compromise proper form and muscle engagement. The result? Ineffective workouts that fail to target the intended muscles.
The Fix: Muscle Over Momentum
Emily advocates for a conscious shift in our approach. She emphasizes the importance of letting the muscles lead, not the momentum. By slowing down and focusing on the muscles being worked, we can optimize the impact of our exercises.
Emily provides examples of exercises where momentum often takes over and demonstrates how to make these moves more effective:
- Lunges: Instead of going halfway, focus on going as low as you can. Engage your hamstrings, calves, quads, and glutes. Take a conscious pause to feel the muscles working.
- Tricep Dips: Lessen the lever by bringing your hips closer to the chair. Squeeze your elbows together and drop down. This controlled movement targets the triceps effectively.
- Bicep Curls: Avoid swinging weights. Keep a slight bend in your knees, maintain a flat back, and focus on the bicep muscles. Slow, deliberate movements yield better results.
- Deadlifts: Push your hips back, maintain a flat back, and go all the way down, passing your shins. Focus on your hamstrings and glutes. Slow and controlled movements prevent strain and injury.
The Power of Mindful Exercise
Emily underscores the importance of engaging the mind during workouts. By knowing which muscles are being worked and staying mindful throughout the routine, we can ensure proper form and targeted muscle engagement.
Embracing muscle over momentum transforms our workouts from mere routines to intentional, transformative experiences. Emily reminds us that fitness is not just about movement; it’s about the mindful engagement of muscles. By being conscious of our form and focusing on muscle engagement, we can elevate our fitness journey, ensuring effective workouts that yield optimal results.