The Internet Doesn't Always Tell The Truth
by Jackie Burgmann, creator of "Hot at Home" - The Transformation Solution for People Who Hate The Gym
Keeping fit is a challenge in it's own right. Exercise is hard to do and sometimes just hard to motivate out the door to get it done. However, the benefits it reaps far outweigh the difficulties.
Many people choose to forego the time consuming and expensive route of joining a gym and then having to spend their precious time traveling to and from just to wait to use the equipment if it's busy.
Instead, these people choose to get their workouts in the privacy of their own home or apartment or in their condo gym.
I applaud those people being able to motivate without the energy of other people working out around them.
Heck, I happen to BE one of those people. And actually, those other people in the gym don't motivate me or energize me as much as they get in my WAY!
So, if you are a 'home workout' maven like myself, how do you know you're getting it right?
No gym employees, personal trainers or even other exercisers around you to learn from.
Getting your form correct is vitally important especially when you're weight training.
If you aren't careful or don't know exactly what you're doing, you could injure yourself ... badly.
So, what do you do? How do you keep yourself safe?
Well, when I was first starting out the answer to all my prayers turned out to be the Internet.
What a huge resource of great information there is on health and fitness on the Internet.
You can tap into articles (just like this one), great explanatory pictorial blogs, audio interviews ... and even instructional videos. There are thousands of resources on the Internet.
You can find everything from how to do stretches to how to get your form right when lifting very heavy equipment like dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells and even your own bodyweight.
However, let's get one thing very straight before you jump off and start watching videos and copying everything you see:
Just because it's on the Internet does NOT automatically make it completely and 100% accurate.
Don't get me wrong, there's TONS of fantastic tutorials on the Internet. But not ALL of them are as fantastic as others.
Just because 'Joe Schmoe with a Website' has a swish-looking webspace doesn't mean that he knows what he's doing when it comes to doing a proper barbell squat, or lunge ... or push-up for that matter.
The truth is, I've seen some pretty bad videos out there demonstrating what is very harmful and dangerous form for some exercises.
And don't be fooled by slick looking videos or polished surroundings in the videos.
If 'Joe Schmoe with a Website' has a great looking video all that means is he probably rented space in a
fancy gym, has a great cameraman, good technical knowledge or an entire production team and another one that
knows how to build a great website to host that fancy video. It does NOT mean he knows his stuff when it
comes to exercise.
What I mean is that he MIGHT be awesome when it comes to proper form and technique with his exercises.
BUT ... the fancy video alone is not an indication he knows what he's talking about.
So when you're watching videos or looking at pictures to get your form right, make sure you view SEVERAL for EACH move you're trying to learn.
Compare and contrast them.
Pay careful attention to how they explain themselves and you'll soon learn who knows what they're talking about and who's a complete hack.
And if you're still questioning who knows best, start frequenting forums or asking around to other fitness-minded people on the Social Networking sites. It will soon become apparent who is good and who is not. Usually the best will get recommended often and the most.
So be careful out there.
Learn as much as you can but learn from the best, not the worst. Because when it comes to your health, doing your exercises correctly and avoiding injury is of the utmost importance.
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