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How's Your Form?

Just before class began on a recent Tuesday evening, as everyone was getting their benches and weight bars set up for BodyPump, I looked up and noticed the woman in front of me. I gave her a mental nod and thought, “Wow! She’s strong!” as I observed the amount of weight she had on her bar for the warm-up. We got through the warm-up and moved on to squats. As I dropped the bar and switched to a holding a medium plate at my chest while doing squats, I was focused on my form and on following the pace the instructor was setting. Chest up, squat without leaning forward, thighs parallel to the floor, weight in your heels. Throughout the classes, the instructors coach us on how important good form is so we can get the most out of the exercises without hurting ourselves. I can’t say that I love squats, but I like how I feel after we finish them! They certainly do get the heart rate up and I can feel the work in my quads and glutes. As we transitioned to the chest track, I caught a glimpse of the woman in front of me again.

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