Form over Load
Written By Pablo Matos,CSCS January, 27, 2017
In my experience, most athletes view progress and success in the weight room by the weight being moved. The more weight, the “stronger” the athlete will be. Now don’t get me wrong, force production is crucial to performance. Then again, larger loads are not necessarily needed to create a desired training effect, but that is a lengthier subject best left for a different post. Exercise technique however, Is far more important than load in the beginning stages. It is the foundation to strength. Many athletes, especially young athletes, need more grooving in patterns. When you groove a pattern the reps have to be higher, which means the load has to be lighter. Success inside and outside of the weight room, takes patience, time, and consistent hard work. Whether it’s trying to reach the finish line ahead of time, or competing with another athlete, the weight room is not the place for it. It is where you hone in on you.
There Is No Such Thing As An Overnight Success
As nice as it would be, it just doesn’t happen immediately.
Lose the ego. Humble yourself. Lower the weight, own the technique, and then worry about increasing the load.
When it comes to sports performance, it is about how well and how long you perform on the field. Not in the weight room. Think of it this way. If you lift heavy with bad form, bad things happen. Lift a challenging weight with good form, good things happen. Simple. Also:
“Nobody cares how much you deadlift when you step on stage.”
When you plow through the line, kick a game winning goal, or throw absolute cheese from the mound; The last thing anyone is going to ask is, “Hey bro, what’s your deadlift?”. There will be praise instead. Again set the ego aside and work on your craft. That is the sure fire way to go from good to great.
Leave Competition Out
Unless you are lifting to compete at a powerlifting meet or the crossfit games, there is no need to compete in the weight room. There is a time and a place to compete, and that is on the field. When you are in the weight room, that is your time to work on getting yourself better. Trying to match what others are doing will not benefit you. There will always be someone stronger than you.
As Coach Paul always says, “What’s the difference between a 400lb deadlift and a 450lb deadlift?”
Is lifting that extra 50lbs really going to make the difference between being good and great?.. Probably not.
However, working on good technique and methodically adding load will yield greater results. While trying to go as heavy as you can, regardless of form, because you want to out do the other athlete is just nonsensical. Show how much better you are on the field, where it actually matters.
Train smarter, play harder.