Tired of not seeing the desired results from your current workout routine? Making some small tweaks to certain exercises will make all the difference!
Squats are very simple in practice but are often done so with many errors; the most common is simply not going low enough! You must squat all the way down to the ground to achieve maximum results. Squats are great as they not only work multiple muscle groups at once, but boost your heart rate and improve balance. Squating as low as possible requires greater glute activation and gives you that round curved backside. Additionally, squats are a very intensive exercise; therefore, it is crucial they are performed with good form. That means standing shoulder-width apart from heel to heel, toes out 30 degrees, and squating pushing your knees out and hips back. Practice makes perfect!
2. Abdominal Crunches
Being the most common core exercise, crunches are most often performed incorrectly. Traditionally this exercise was composed of simply moving the stomach from the ground to one’s knees repeatedly. First off, you should only go up to about a 45 degree angle, any further than that and you are resting your core. To get the most out of this exercise, you want your abs constantly working. You need to engage your core by squeezing your abs and staying focused. You should never put your hands on the back of your head as it strains your neck. Instead, but your hands out to the sides or across your chest. That being said, do not swing yourself up during this exercise. It is important to make your abs do all the work. Remember it is quality not the speed in which you complete this.
Lastly, the basic push-up. Just like the squats, it is important not to cut this exercise short. Your chest should be just inches from touching the ground to gain maximum muscular strength. Also arm placement is very important yet commonly overlooked. Your arms should be directly under your shoulder blades, not placed out by your head. Push-ups, like sit-ups, should be performed slowly and consciously. Lower down for three counts, pause at the bottom for one count, and slowly press up for two counts. Going fast will just put excess stress on your shoulder and elbow joints from bouncing up and down. Also consider breathing out as you go down and inhaling as you push up.