When it comes to weight lifting, isolation can be a tricky thing. But boy does it work!
In weight lifting I see a lot of wrong things going on. I could write 5 or 6 posts on things people do incorrectly, but I’ll save that rant for another day 😉 (I am sure you all have a few things to say too. Hah).
However, one of the most common mistakes I see is when people use momentum or force of the body weight to move a weight around, instead of using the targeted muscle group (or groups) to do so. In essence, the mistake occurs when there is limited or NO isolation work going on.
Let me use a real live example to explain : when doing biceps curls it is very easy to use the upper body and abdominals to help pull the bar (or dumbbells) up toward the chest. This force, or momentum, is taking all of the work out of the muscles and putting it into that momentum! When this happens say good bye to quicker results.
Seriously. If you want to see your body change for the better sooner (get fitter, shed body fat, etc.), isolating the muscles during the work is very important! Think about it, if you want to hit a target you have to focus on that target.
This isolating work puts all the weight into the working muscles which overloads them, making them work harder and eventually making YOU stronger, fitter, and faster.
Seriously, if weight was just thrown around haphazardly (and in bad form), the results would be much slower and the injury risk would be sky high.
Focusing on this principle of isolation will help to reduce the risk of injury during any weight training move. Guaranteed.
And the results are promising. Pretty sure anyone (including myself!) can work on form and focusing on the isolation work of the moving muscle group <—-like I say a lot to my fitness participants, weight training is 90% a mind game, 10% strength–mind over muscle! 😉
Hope this helps! Have a lovely day
- I am very grateful for a warm blanket. I love snuggling under it in the evenings!
- I am thankful for a good education.
- I am really thankful for almond milk. OH so tasty and versatile!
What moves are the hardest for YOU to do without momentum?? <—me, biceps curls! What are YOU thankful for??