By Susan Howard
“Own it.” This is a phrase I shout out during my sessions all the time. What do I mean by that?
I mean that during every move, each rep, each set you feel what you are doing. By working from the inside out, linking your breath, focusing on the muscles you are engaging, it will help you to get a stronger, more effective workout. Using a strong exhalation can stoke your core and really fire up that last rep or the heavy lift.
Be it high reps, heavy lifting or just a maintenance routine, always have proper alignment in your knees, hips, back and shoulders. Often times, I feel a client getting tired, lose focus, see their knees start to wobble in squats, shoulders start to shrug up in chest press, and I will say, “Come on. Own these last few.”
Boom, the form pops back into perfection. Quality of movement will always prevail over number of reps. This will prevent injury and also give you amazing results muscularly.
Yes, push yourself.
Yes, max out.
While you are doing these things with every fiber of thought, dominate what you are doing.