Form, Forming, Formation

Hi Fit Fashionistas,

So if you’ve been noticing lately on my Instagram and blog, I’ve really been into doing pushups. Mainly because I was nominated to do the #drop22challenge by a friend of mine. I have to do 22 pushups every day for 22 days….Talk about a workout!

Now for anyone and everyone that knows about pushups, your form is of utmost importance. Having correct form for any sort of exercise actually can save you from a lot of painful injuries in the future. My pushup form is absolutely atrocious – dipped back, butt too up…it’s just not a pretty sight. Finally after trying to fix it myself and asking a lot of my friends for advice, I reached out to my really good friend and fitness & health coach from college, Cara from the Balanced Bod.

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Cara and I planned a google hangout session to work on my form and only having been on a session for 10 minutes, I already felt a difference. I told Cara my issues and within minutes into the conversation, she figured out exactly what corrections I had to make. Not only does she fix the problems, but she explained why the problem/issue existed so that I really understood what my body was doing.

So what were some tips that I learned?

  1. Women’s back naturally dip giving us that wonderful curve that us beautiful women have. In order to counteract that, imagine you are pulling your belly button up to the ceiling, but without pushing your hips up and not curving up like you’re a cat.
  2. Once your belly button is up and tight, tuck your hips in – almost like you are squeezing or tightening your butt.
  3. Now that your back is straight, slowly lower your whole body but still keeping the tight plank form. If you feel your back start to dip, pause and slowly adjust yourself into the correct form before continuing to lower yourself.
  4. For beginners like me, don’t worry about going low until your arms are 90 degrees and your chest is close to the ground. What’s more important is having the correct form. Small tiny movements with correct form is more important than having a wide range of movement with poor form.
  5. Lastly, make sure to breathe! Inhale as you go down and exhale as you push away/up from the ground.

With all these corrections in mind, I took it to the gym and already I could feel a change! My form is still far from perfect and I still make the same mistakes, but what’s important is that I catch and fix myself into proper form.

Before:

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After:

Cara is an amazing fitness, health, & wellness coach. She really works one on one to really understand her clients and their needs. Having taught me for a semester in college, she really understands how I work, my strengths, weaknesses, and injuries. She is both patient and loving and anyone who works with her will definitely gain something from her – if not something about fitness, definitely a friend ❤

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For more information on working and training with Cara, head over to The Balanced Bod ❤ ❤

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts

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Who is your #balancedbuddy? Make sure to thank them for helping you keep a balanced and healthy lifestyle!

 

3 thoughts on “Form, Forming, Formation

  1. AW this post is great and it was a pleasure working with you Chrissie!!! Looking forward to our follow-up 🙂

    Jumping jacks push ups can be fun, especially to the song Stronger by Kanye West

  2. So awesome that you’re doing this challenge, Christine!! I’m secretly hoping someone challenges me to do it haha.
    Good pushup form is so much harder to get right than people think, so it’s great that you’re making sure to get it down! I love working on pushups and trying new variations. Burpee pushups and spiderman pushups are two of my favorites!

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