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    Always maintain perfect lifting technique

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    As I circulate through high school and college weight rooms, I continue to observe that young men (sorry, guys, but it’s mostly us) are enamored with the amount of weight they lift. Many of them would rather execute lifts with more weight — using poor technique and reduced range-of-motion — than reduce the weight and perform the exercise properly. They believe that more weight equals a better lift.

    One of the “secrets” to building exceptional strength, explosiveness, and athleticism is to ensure that your lifting technique is flawless. Athletes who become preoccupied with “how much” and “how many” compromise their results and risk injury (attention CrossFitters).

    When performed properly, the benefits of exercises like the squat, deadlift, and bench press extend beyond the weight room. Proper form means protecting your spine by keeping your back straight and core tight; and recruiting the large, powerful muscles of your hips and thighs more effectively.

    When your form is perfect, you’re teaching your body to move more efficiently. Poor lifting technique leads to poor movement. The key is to practice perfect technique with every repetition you’re lifting.

    Here’s a tip for executing every lift with flawless form: Before starting your regular sets, perform one or two warmup sets using half the weight you’d normally use, to prepare your muscles and connective tissues for heavy loads.

    Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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