At Auro, we are all about empowering the individual to have the confidence to work out alone. We want to give people access to a level of training and instruction that they otherwise would not have, and allow them to reach their own fitness goals following the guidance of a real life PT even if they are at home.
We admit, there can be some limitations. With instructions in your ear, it is possible that your form could suffer with no one else to check on workout form. This isn’t exactly ideal. Practicing good form is crucial to protect yourself from injury, and target the correct muscle groups.
So how can we help out Team Auro? Check out our tips below for how to work out safely when you are solo.
Keep it simple
Complex movements with resistance help define your body. But before you start, keep it simple. When you learn the basics of an exercise with its proper form, you can handle more advanced versions with ease.
Not sure where to even start? Begin with a glute bridge, a plank, or a basic squat. Pay attention to which muscles are engaged and where they are working throughout the move.
Another way to check workout form yourself is to ask three questions about the fundamentals of the move. The questions vary, depending on the exercise.
For instance when squatting: Are your feet parallel? Do your hips start the move? Does your spine become parallel to the shins at the bottom of the move? These would be a great way to make sure you’re working out correctly and safely.
It’s super easy to practice good form with a friend keeping an eye on you. So why not do this yourself?
Find yourself a mirror and watch yourself work. You can do this for all types of training – running, rowing, X-trainer, even yoga.
If this isn’t right for you, you can also video yourself. Watching yourself back, moving as you normally would during a training session, is a great way to check on workout form alone.
Listen to your body
If it hurts, stop. The culture of no-pain-no-gain is dangerous and ineffective. DOMS is a normal and common side effect following new exercise. However if you’re in significant pain, just stop.
Pushing too hard too soon beyond your current fitness level isn’t a good idea, and causing yourself discomfort through improper form is dangerous.
What is most important is to ease yourself into a workout. Just like warming up, it’s important to prepare your body.
If you start off too fast, with your alignment wrong, an injury is much more likely and could be much more intense. If you’re lifting weights, begin with little at first. You want to be easy on your body to start and get used to the movement. You can then slowly go through the exercise, ensuring you use proper form.
And as your confidence builds as you repeat, the movement will become more natural. You’ll be a pro in no time!