Exercise Form vs. Orchestration

Posted On Nov 11, 2013 By Tim Arndt, Resistance Training Specialist

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You often hear that you must pay close attention to your form during exercise to prevent injury and make sure you are using certain muscles. For example, with the barbell bench press you might see something like this:

"Keep your hands evenly spread on the bar, lower it slowly to your chest and return to your starting position."

It is assumed that you know which muscles to use as the prime mover for this particular exercise due to the motion of the exercise and the direction of force. The bar wants to go down and the chest and tricep muscles can directly oppose the resistance. It makes sense right? Sure does! But this isn't always the case.

In the following video I demonstrate why you need to be more conscious of orchestrating the exercise by:

  • Deciding what specific muscles you want to use to perform the exercise
  • Determining the specific order you want them to be used
  • Deciding how hard you want your muscles to fire
  • Choosing how long you want your muscles to fire

I also show you how you can work out two completely different sets of muscles without changing your form. Proving that form does not determine what muscles you use.

It's important to orchestrate an exercise specifically how you want it to be done, and in doing so, form will take care of itself.