Page last updated: December 2017 by Oskar Faarkrog, ISSA Certified Trainer
It’s important to achieve great technique on every exercise so you can get the most out of every rep.
Technique can be the difference between adding a bit of muscle size to all your lacking muscle groups each month or consistently being stuck at the same size.
I would go as far as saying that you won’t be able to build a truly muscular physique without good technique because your target muscles won’t get worked properly.
Even though there are endless videos online for every exercise, I highly recommend that you send your own videos.
The reason for this is simple: Going by past experience training over 100 clients, people get the idea that once they watch an instructional video and read up on correct technique for the exercise and then practice that exercise a few times, they achieve great form.
The truth however is that most skinny-fat guys have a naturally low kinaesthetic sense which means that you aren’t good at keeping track of how the different body-parts are positioned in relation to each other throughout the movement. (Usually high level athletes have a very high kinaesthetic sense while skinny-fat guys that aren’t athletic have a low one).
The result is that the way you think you look when you perform the exercise is very different from the way you actually look. (I.e. your technique most likely needs some work).
In addition, the problem with using instructional videos to correct your technique is that they show how a certain exercise looks for ONE specific body-type.
Using the barbell squat as an example, there’s a huge difference in the way it’s performed by a tall lanky guy who has long femurs and a short torso and a stocky short guy because the torso length/femur length ratio changes the way the squat has to be performed for each body-type.
Therefore, knowing that you most likely have a poor kinaesthetic sense and that instructional videos aren’t optimal, it’s important that you have someone experienced correct your technique.
If you’re on my Online Transformation Program For Skinny-Fat Guys, I want you to make videos of yourself performing all exercises in the training program except for the stretches and warm up.
To be specific, I would like a video from the front and side angle on every exercise.
You can upload the video to Dropbox, YouTube or any other site you like, then I’ll help you correct your technique.
Please upload a video of only the first set on each exercise and be sure to name the video with the name of the exercise.
After you send over your videos to me, I’ll give you my feedback.
You will most likely only have to record yourself once or twice to get good technique on the key movements.
Doing this is of course optional, but highly recommended.
Be proud but stay hungry!
Oskar Faarkrog, ISSA Certified Trainer