In our quest to gain greater strength, better performance, and more aesthetics, we tend to forget one big thing: Quality movement comes FIRST.
Here are some examples that everyone can relate to:
Super strong lifter who threw out his back picking up something that weighs 10 pounds off the ground.
The weekend warrior who is constantly in pain.
The person older than 30 who accepts back pain, knee pain, etc. as a part of life.
The high school athlete who just constantly feels beat up but fights through it cuz, hey, no pain, no gain right?
All these people have one thing in common. They don't prioritize MOVEMENT. They push through pain and the only progress they see is if they have more weight on the bar.
You can get very strong. That does not mean you have quality movement like a human being should have.
Ok, so what to do???
Prioritize the control and movement of your lifts. Make your body move in all kinds of ways. Don't JUST squat, bench, and deadlift. Go for a walk. Get on the ground and do crawls, rolls, and movements on your back.
Go out and play games. I love a good game of kickball or ultimate frisbee.
Yoga is great recovery.
A nice relaxing ruck (hiking with weight in your backpack) perhaps.
When you lift, DO NOT SACRIFICE FORM AND TECHNIQUE FOR MORE WEIGHT ON THE BAR.
Lift with your muscles, not your ego.
Building strength on top of shitty movement is a recipe for nagging pains, less than stellar results, and tons of disappointment.
1. Vary your movements - GO PLAY
2. Master your movement using correct technique and form. Consider it a practice, not exercise.
3. Then, build strength on top of your good movement.