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GWEGNER SparkPoints: (4,449)
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5/23/13 8:25 A

Better to do some than None!
It all depends upon How your modifying your exercise just make sure it is not gonna hurt you in the long run. But as my doctor told me when I started exercising a little is better than none! So is modifying some exercises as long as your working tward the main goal of doing the actual exercise I believe your doing it right... keep up the good work.

DWORB415 Posts: 296
5/23/13 7:54 A

I start off trying to do the full move as deep as I can, push-ups included, and then when I feel like I can't do it any more, I switch to the modified versions. The number I threw in there wasn't really an accurate number, I was just putting a number in for the example, but I do see your point. Thanks for the input!

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,443
5/22/13 11:53 P

If you can barely do one deep squat, then that is (currently) too challenging for you. If an exercise is so challenging that you can barely do 1 rep, then it is likely that poor form is creeping in somewhere (eg. bending your back, jerking to complete the rep, etc)

I agree that you should be modifying the squats to something you can do more comfortably.

But by the same token, 20 is too many, and an indication that your squats are not challenging enough. You should be going a little deeper than you currently do (thus making it more challenging), but not as deep as your boyfriend wants. Something that fatigues your muscles between 4 and 12 reps is ideal.


KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (44,395)
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5/22/13 10:40 P

You definitely don't want to get into a bad habit of good form, but for example, I absolutely am terrible at tricep pushups. I can do like... 2... when I have to do 10-12. I start out and do what I can on my toes and THEN go to my knees when my form is failing. So I think what your bf might be saying is try to do at least one without modifying and then if you have to modify the rest, you can definitely do so.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (194,444)
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5/22/13 9:24 P

that said, you should still dedicate some time to working on squat depth...separately from your regular workout.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,582
5/22/13 7:55 P

I agree with your line of thinking. Trying to do an exercise in a way you're not ready for increases your risk of injury. Modifying the move based on your needs and ability is not the same as using bad form.

Coach Jen

DWORB415 Posts: 296
5/22/13 7:26 P

My boyfriend and I started doing Insanity together and we need help figuring out a question about exercise.

He critiqued some of the moves I "modified." He saw me not doing a deep squat, for instance, and he told me I should never sacrifice form. He thinks it is better to do 1 deep squat instead of 20 squats where I don't go as deep. I tried telling him that how deep I go into a squat is not necessarily form, so I don't think that the whole "don't sacrifice form for quantity" applies in that situation. I've done other workouts, that tell you if you need to, you should modify the move until you can do the move full on. I am wondering what other people think about this?

In my defense, I told him that I think it is better if I can do 20 of the modified so I can build my strength to get to the regular move instead of barely doing any of the regular moves. I mean, that's how most ladies start doing push-ups, we start doing "girl" push-ups and work our way into the regular push-ups.

I thought bad form was something more along the lines of where you go into a move with a form that could potentially hurt you?

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