3 Easy Ways To Become Stronger In The Gym
Staying committed to the gym and constantly fine-tuning your workouts are both key in improving overall strength. However, sometimes it can feel as if our progress is faltering. This might be because we are not using progressive overload training enough and adding weight to challenge our bodies. Working out too much is also another common issue, with the build-up of fatigue masking an individual’s true fitness.
Over at Breaking Muscle, they have some great tips for all you new powerlifters out there who are looking for those extra gains. Making certain corrections will aid immediate progress and improve overall technique:
1. Diaphragmatic Breathing
For a lot of beginners, the idea of bracing seems foreign. “What do you mean I can’t just go pick the weight up and move it?” Ten years ago, I was one of those people. It took getting hurt a few times for me to realize how important proper bracing is.
It turns out a lot of the muscles in your midsection are optimally activated in the presence of proper breathing patterns. When you breathe better, you brace better, and when you brace better, you can express your strength far more effectively.
2. Flex Your Glutes
Force production starts at the ground and ends in whichever direction you’re trying to move the weight. Whether you’re squatting, pulling, or even doing a bench press, solid contact with the ground is important for maximal force production.
In most lifts, the movement starts by pushing into the ground with our feet and holding the weight in our hands. This means we need to maintain tension in every muscle in between in order to move the most weight. An area where a lot of people are bleeding force is through their glutes.
Remember that setting up for each lift is different, but these three steps are applicable to all of them. Make sure to check the article out so you can learn how to express and improve your strength in the gym. Changes will happen – providing you stay smart with your training.
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