Use the mirrors in the gym for more then just looking at whats around you, watch your self do the movement, making sure to not rock back and forth, not getting your hips into the movement or doing other cheating moves, which although not bad comes later when your more advanced and can put it to good use and have learn correct form.
Maybe I should start a new thread on this, but this does bring up a question: What you write would seem to be common knowledge. And yet . . . why do so few guys seem to follow those basic rules?
Because as basic as they are they all seem to think that heavier weights mean faster progress which is just not true. They try to lift weights that make them look great feel sore but have no effect. To this end they lose form and struggle then give up in a week or two.
theatrengym saidI know my form isn't always perfect, but early on I learned what good form is and I think anyone watching me can see that I'm at least trying to use good form. I always feel that perfect form something you strive for but can never truly achieve.
And then you always see some guys with great bodies but whose form is terrible. And I don't mean cheating moves to get another couple of reps at the end of a set. I mean they just generally have what is considered bad form from the beginning to the end of every set.
You will find they are either:
a) Been training for much longer than you think
b) On the juice
c) Totally out of shape because they do not workout consistently
It's very easy to overwork one part of the body and make it stand out but the supporting muscles can easily be neglected. Why are they neglected? Because they are not immediately recognised. For example, your rotator cuffs are just as important to your bench press and overhead press, but do you think many guys know how much it would help by working these muscles?
I have a workmate who has a fantastic upper body because that is all he works out. He has no arse, legs are like matchsticks and has so many joint problems from his focus on his chest that he has had to take time of the gym.
theatrengym saidSometimes I reach the point of wondering if my body would be better if I used bad form.
Never think that. Form is important or else you can end up injuring yourself.
It takes time to build your body, there are way too many myths out there on building your body in 12 weeks. I'm not saying it can't be done, but you have to have some foundation in place to build it up (or down). Look at that film The Wrestler with Mickey Rourke. His body looks fantastic and it probably took him 8 weeks to look that good. Why? Because he has always had it and had to hit the gym again to tighten up what he already has.IF
you want to have a decent body then you have to be persistent and patient. You can only make some magic transformation if you within reach of that transformation.
Working out when your really thin means you first start to show more definition, your muscles won't double overnight. If your slightly heavier you need to lose some fat before you will see any kind of musculature at all. Again you muscles will most likely develop at the same rate as the thin person but you have a different challenge to achieving the same results.
Workout regularly, workout properly and eat properly and you will make progress.