Checking up on your fitness form

Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:07am EDT
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - From jumping rope to swinging a kettle bell to pounding a treadmill, a finely-tuned form can spell the difference between a sound body and a sore knee.

Experts say often a professional tweak can go a long way towards firming up your workout.

"People usually injure themselves on basic exercises, like a squat or a bench press," said New York-based personal trainer Tiffany Boucher.

But Boucher, who works for the national chain of fitness centers Equinox, said form is relatively easy to fix.

"Something is being overused, usually in tandem with some type of muscle imbalance," she said. "So it's often about getting people to put their shoulders in a certain place, find their center of gravity, engage their abdominals, or tilt their pelvis in a certain direction."

She said even a small adjustment can be transformative.

Knees are the most common focus of client complaint, according to Boucher. Once form is corrected, relief often comes within weeks.

"People don't have that continued inflammation," she said.   Continued...

A man does chin-ups at a city park in Kiev, March 19, 2012. REUTERS/Anatolii Stepanov