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MORE EXERCISE MODIFICATION TIPS (Revise)

MORE EXERCISE MODIFICATION TIPS

ASK FOR WHAT YOU NEED

Don’t be afraid to ASK for modifications. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

TALK TO THE INSTRUCTOR/YOUR TRAINER

Make sure to see the instructor before a class or tell your trainer what issues you’re having and that you’ll need modifications.

It’s not your job to know all modifications, but it is your job to speak up and let someone know you’re looking for them and what your concerns are.

No one will magically read your mind. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and advocate for yourself.

RESEARCH YOUR OWN MODIFICATION OPTIONS

Do some of your own research into exercise modifications for you. If you have any specific injuries, make sure you take the time to understand your condition. This can better help you to work around any issues.

The one you need may not always be provided. Be prepared.

SUBSTITUTE WITH THE SAME GOAL

When modifying strength moves, identify the purpose of the exercise to supplement with an alternative exercise targeting the same goal.

For example, jogging in place isn’t a substitute for push-ups, but wall push-ups are.

NEVER SACRIFICE ONE BODY PART FOR ANOTHER

Something I see all the time is those with limited shoulder mobility, trying to perform an overhead triceps press, accompanied by a painful grimace and terrible form.

That poor rotator cuff.

If only they knew that a triceps extension with a hip hinge would be a great option to target the triceps AND keep those poor shoulders healthy.

CARDIO SWAPS

Substitutions for cardio exercises can be less challenging as the goal is really just to keep your heart rate up.

So if jumping jacks don’t appeal to you, maybe marching high knees in place does. Walk it out, just keep moving.

DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU

If you’re taking a class and you’re the only one modifying, good for you! You’re listening to your body and understand how to keep yourself safe. Chances are others probably should be modifying.

Don’t feel you have to do the exact same thing the instructor or others are doing.

Feel free to take a modification. The worst thing is performing movements incorrectly and risking injury.

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