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Are Weight Training Images ‘Picture Perfect’?

by on July 3, 2009

This post has been moved to Ground Up Strength:  Using Pictures to Learn Lifts


  1. ” You may swear you are doing the exercise correctly, but an image of the starting and ending positions may show a slight adjustment you can make to be safer and more lean. ”
    How does a slight adjustment in beginning and end positions make a lift safer, form problems/breakdowns can occur during the MOVEMENT. You could setup perfectly for a deadlift but not engage the glutes or brace the core before the pull. That is something you CANNOT see in a photo. Both of which are part of proper exercise form but have nothing to do, really, with geometry or positioning. You try and pull and a**less deadlift with a soft core and you’ve set yourself up for a weak lumbar and almost certainly some loaded flexion.
    “About the Author
    Plan and execute your weight loss goals with the Melt the Fat Interactive Guide. Lynn VanDyke is an elite fitness trainer and sports nutritionist dedicated to helping you achieve your fat loss goals in 2007. ”
    That’s a scary statement. I guess we could go back to the blog post about the all encompassing term, fitness. When I read this it reminded me of ‘one of the most prolific bodybuilding writers’, you know who I’m talking about. 😉

  2. Some of the most prolific writers in the world are bodybuilding writers. There is just so much you can say about a bicep curl.

    Well, I really hate it when trainers refer to themselves as ‘elite’. C’mon…may as well go for it and call yourself ‘super mega maxi awesome’.
    For starting positions people can do some surprisingly silly things. We have to remember that we can easily take things we learned a long time ago as ‘common sense’.
    For instance, Mike Boyle recently recounted how one of his trainees was having squatting troubles (I don’t remember but I assume front squat) and he got all analytic and ready to prescribe all sorts of interventions and then he realized that she was holding the barbell up with you arms rather than resting it..which of course changed everything and as soon as she corrected this little problem she was fine.
    But you are not going to see that on a photo. You could be doing something like that and holding the bar up but only millimeters off your shoulders and think that is perfectly right. And you wouldn’t know from a photo that this wasn’t being done necessarily.
    Or little things like attempting to over-arch the back. You wouldn’t know that you were doing that from a photo because that assumes you can analyse someones position in the first place.
    I really think that a beginner is MORE likely to over-correct or imitate something that is wrong than go from wrong to right based on a photo.
    Say that your big problem is that you are using a very low bar position in a back squat but trying to stay perfectly “upright” which so many people are TOLD to do by elite trainers, lol. A beginner is not going to get bar position out of a photo. Why? Because even a lot of trainers don’t know how much bar position effects things, let alone a novice strength trainee. The subtle things you will discount. You will try to immitate the major things and that’s how you will get in trouble.
    I’m not sure if this is making sense.

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