Squat, hinge, push, pull– these are the four basic movements that you’ll definitely need to use for any strength training routine. But how good is your form when doing them? Get them wrong and you could, at best, find your gains limited; at worse, suffer from serious injury. But there aren’t that many gyms that do fitness fundamental classes that cover basic movements, which is why when we found Triplefit’s Movement Clinic we took the chance to get back to basics and burn some calories at the same time.
Here’s how the gym class went below.
What we found interesting with this class was how trainer Henrik Olufsson’s experience with biomechanics, and helping us reach the correct personal form for each fundamental move. As he says: “Unless you’re taking part in a competition, the right form is really what your body allows you to do, while maintaining the movement in a way that protects your spine.”
In doing this class, while getting a good calorie burn, we also found the right form when it came to squats- exactly how low we should go, as well as the right height for our body when it comes to bringing down the bar for deadlifts. All crucial information that will maximise our future workouts as well as prevent injury!
If you’re looking for more classes to work on your strength training and movement form, take a look at these below:
What They Say: “L.I.F.T stands for “Longevity In Functional Training” and its purpose is to demonstrate that no one is too old or out-of-shape to start exercising and reaping benefits from the basic Functional Training Principles – That is to utilize a variety of Functional Movements to enhance the quality and quantity of their lives.”
What They Say: “By studying the body and its adaptations, Loaded Movement Training with ViPR effectively challenges and conditions muscle, fascia, nerves, skin and other systems of the body. ”
What They Say: “Redefine yourself with Centergy. Centergy is an athletic mind-body program including fundamentals from yoga and Pilates set to emotive music. Grow longer and stronger in this invigorating mind-body workout”
What They Say: “Perfect for beginners who want a taste of barre and the opportunity to learn the signature moves at a slower pace. The class will focus on technique & form in a more intimate setting so you will have plenty of guidance in anything you’re unsure of. But don’t be fooled, it’s still a dynamic workout that’s guaranteed to give you that burn and make you sweat!”
By Kelvin Tan, Editor for Men’s Health Singapore