Whether you have experience with the JPFS system or are just getting started the ability to focus on the movement you are doing is important. If we lose the ability to connect or minds to our body it can be counterproductive to improving movement quality, strength and overall results.
ll. Be Intentional
When performing your exercises be intentional about the movement. Avoid just going through the motion. Slowing down
can help because it allows you to “feel” what the exercise requires. Our bodies seek the path of least resistance so the position that looks like it’s doing the job isn’t always the optimal one. A good example of this is the plank.
Are your hips high in the air reducing the requirement of the abdominals and lats (the big muscles in your back that connect to your glutes)? Are your shoulders on fire because all of your load is being directed there because your hips are high? Or are your hips sagging down toward the floor causing your lower back hyperextend and possibly hurt.
Yes answers to these questions suggest that your plank position is not optimal. So you must be intentional about making adjustments that get you into the correct position - which could include pulling your body forward so that the elbows are directly under the shoulders, squeezing your gluten hard and “pulling your elbows” up toward your kneecaps.
Approach your training as a practice. There’s a reason our programs have A and B days
and multiple opportunities to get better before moving on. Every rep doesn’t have to be perfect from the start but if you focus on what you’re doing and move with intent each rep can get just a little bit better. This will get you better results and reduce the rick of injury.
Keep these three points in mind for your next training session and let me know how it goes.