About the Author: Nick De Toro
Nick, owner of Liftwell Barbell, is one of the best up and coming minds in the world of strength and conditioning. His training protocols and programs have built some of the best athletes in the region! He believes in consistency, discipline, and a heavy dose of hard work. These values helped him become a nationally-ranked weightlifter as well as helped others reach the same feat. Fortunately for us, Nick's Liftwell Barbell is accepting clients and gyms who are in need of taking their performance to the next level! If you are interested in a test run of what a LWB program may look like, stop by Liftwellbarbell.com and check out the competitors training.
We all know them, the form snobs. “Don’t round your back!”, “Don’t hyper-extend!”, “Knees out!”, “Oh my God, with form like that, you’re going to hurt yourself!” and “Someone just entered snap city!” I’ve heard it all before from both athletes and coaches alike.
All the biggest and strongest people use loose form, half reps and sloppy technique to lift the most weight and push their bodies further than ever before.
Form and technique are not everything. There I said it. You can pick your jaw up off the floor now.
Look, if your form is always flawless, it means you are not pushing yourself hard enough. It is impossible to maintain beautiful, impeccable technique and regularly hit PRs. I don’t mean that in reference to just weightlifting, but any sport or means of measuring strength and fitness.
You want to get stronger and kick ass in the gym? Here’s the Liftwell Barbell recipe for success. Use correct form most of the time, but regularly break form to push yourself more than you ever could before.
Simply by holding more weight than ever before, you are strengthening the tendons and ligaments needed for lifting that heavier weight. It’s the best way to prime and prepare the body to hit that glorious PR!
“But I don’t want to hurt myself.”
Then go home and bake some protein muffins. The gym is a place to push your limits, not a place to stay stagnant and cry.
Here’s the irony, the weaker a person is, the higher probability he or she will get hurt. The stronger that person is, the less likely they will get hurt. However, people refuse to push themselves to get stronger so they don’t get hurt. It doesn’t make any sense.
“You will never get bigger and stronger without perfect form.”
Tell that to Ed Coan and Arnold.