This Monday, at the gym, I hurt myself.
Nothing serious, I just pulled one of my traps (the muscle between your neck and shoulder blades) and it made turning my neck kind of unpleasant for the rest of the day. The whole thing was kind of ironic because I hurt myself while checking to make sure that I had proper form… in order to not hurt myself.
I learned very quickly that turning your head while doing a deadlift isn’t a good idea. 🙅
That being said, taking a step back to look at how you’re doing is something worth getting in the habit of. (just not while doing a deadlift 😉 )
I had a feeling that my form needed some work, and although I went about checking the wrong way, ultimately I was right. I hired a trainer last fall in order to learn how to work out properly, and during our session this morning, he noticed that not only was the form for my deadlifts off, but also for my squats.
I’d developed some bad habits while working out on my own, and though I’m on the right track now, that’s only because we took the time to really look at how I was doing, and fixed the problems we found.
This idea of retrospection can be applied to pretty much any area of your life, and sometimes it’s just what you need to get out of a rut, step up your game, or avoid getting hurt.
How are you doing?
I’m going to take some time between now and the next blog post to ask myself that question, and hopefully come up with some interesting observations. 😀
Until then, have a great week, and don’t ever turn your neck to the side while lifting heavy things!