By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
Kelly Farris,  ACSM CPT

Biomechanics: The importance of safe, effective, efficient workouts
By Kelly Farris,  ACSM CPT
Owner of Ladies Workout Snellville

Happy 2015! The holidays are behind us! Time to refocus and get to work. Perhaps this includes dedicated time to a new fitness regimen. Here are a few things to keep in mind and help you on your fitness journey.

When the three goals of kinesiology and applied biomechanics—safety, effectiveness and efficiency (Hamilton, Weimar & Luttgens 2008)—are met, the results are physical and physiological improvements.

That is a somewhat complex way of saying: Workout safe. Workout smart. Get results.

Safe, effective and efficient. Hands down, the best way to achieve these things are to seek the guidance of an accredited personal trainer. So, let’s talk about the importance of safe, effective and efficient exercise programs.

Safety. Having correct biomechanics or form while you preform an exercise keeps you safe by reducing the risk of injury. An example of this would be making sure to keep your knee aligned over you ankle while executing a lunge. Exercise safety can be determined by a number of individual factors such as fitness level, age, balance, and bone and joint health. We are all individuals and varying levels of fitness. The structure and movement capability of every person’s body are different. If you are new to exercise this might be a good reason to start out with a personal trainer.

During an unfamiliar exercise, everyone has had the thought, “Am I doing this right?” A personal trainer will show you how to perform exercises properly. Having this outside perspective/assessment of your performance is important. If you are keeping correct form and preventing injury you are much more likely to adhere to your program and reach (and probably exceed) your goals.

Effectiveness equals results. Personal trainers have a wealth of knowledge to structure tailor made exercise programs for their clients. If you feel like you are wasting your time in a gym or you seem to be stuck in your current routine without signs of progress, you could use some professional assistance. It doesn’t matter if you are brand new to fitness or a veteran, a personal trainer can help you set goals and prescribe the exercises to meet these goals.

Efficiency is another important component. Efficient workouts mean more productive workouts. Think of it like a factory production line. Higher efficiency means more accomplished in less time equals faster results. Who doesn’t love that?

Nationally accredited trainers will save you from workouts that are unsafe, ineffective and inefficient. For many people, perceived obstacles stop them from participating in fitness. (Ashmore 2013) Do not let this be the case for you. If one on one training doesn’t appeal to you give group training a try! Ladies Workout offers SGT, which is led by our personal trainers, so you get the professional oversight in a fun small group atmosphere. 

The important thing is to GET STARTED! GO FOR IT!

Kelly Farris is the owner of Ladies Workout Snellville, Time4Results Personal Training and the President of KLF Fitness.
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