17 Signs Your Trainer is Screwing Up Your Workouts

We polled five STACK Expert strength coaches to learn common mistakes that trainers make during a workout.

9) Poor Instruction on Technically Challenging Movements

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9) Poor Instruction on Technically Challenging Movements

A common issue, particularly in high school and collegiate strength training settings, is incompetent teaching of technically difficult movements such as Olympic lifts.

Olympic lifts are great movements, but because they're fairly complex, they need to be taught properly or they shouldn't be taught at all.

I've lost count of the number of athletes I've worked with over the years who informed me that they were efficient at the Olympic movements from having been taught them in high school and college, only to find out when I examine their form that they've reinforced faulty movement patterns and dangerous lifting technique.

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A common issue, particularly in high school and collegiate strength training settings, is incompetent teaching of technically difficult movements such as Olympic lifts.

Olympic lifts are great movements, but because they're fairly complex, they need to be taught properly or they shouldn't be taught at all.

I've lost count of the number of athletes I've worked with over the years who informed me that they were efficient at the Olympic movements from having been taught them in high school and college, only to find out when I examine their form that they've reinforced faulty movement patterns and dangerous lifting technique.

Besides placing the athlete at a high risk for injury, flawed biomechanics can take quite a bit of time to correct.

  • Joel Seedman


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