How do we teach ourselves good form?
Coaching can be expensive, as a result a lot of people will try and go it alone.
True this can be an effective route for those that are physically very aware of their bodies and gifted as visual conversion to movement, however that isn’t the case for everyone.
As such if you wish to teach yourself how to lift.
Taking for example the squat. One of the best variations of this lift for teaching people correct form is the front squat held in the classic rack position.
You’ve got very little choice than to move well in this variation.A lot of people don’t like it, not due to discomfort, flexibility, or the excuses they bring up, it’s usually because they can’t lift very much and it hurts their ego.
Same goes for a Z-press (strict press sat on the floor), as this forces good form, a decent amount of upper thoracic mobility and plenty of shoulder stability.
In regards to a movement that keeps you honest in regards to pulling it can be tricky as people will use momentum and forget to retract their should blades, yet provided they can keep this in mind a chest supported dumbbell row is an excellent place to start.
Working with the three movements above will be not only useful for teaching correct form, they’re also good to go back to as a check to see if you’ve let ego get the better of you.
All of the lift variations above require far less load to be utilised.This will hit the ego, it will make you feel a little silly, especially if you’re used to throwing bigger weights around (with poor form), however this is the exact reason why you can use these as bench marks.
Give some thought to the above, and remember, lift with your muscles not your momentum.