Friend, if you've been strength training with us live these past few months, you know by now that we are sticklers for proper form. The lifelong personal trainer in me can't unsee even the slightest variation in posture and muscle engagement that could be hindering progress or perpetuating an injury. In a world of competitive reps for time and pushing people to their all out max day in and day out, training with intention is a breath of fresh air for many of our members. There is a better way to chisel the body and build the strength you want without running yourself into the ground and potentially backfiring against your broader health goals.
While it is extremely important for injury prevention because it prioritizes joint and muscle safety before adding load, proper form is also crucial for maximizing your muscle contraction and gains while training. When form is off, at best, you may not be targeting the appropriate muscle group; at worst, you could be setting the foundation of an unstable movement pattern that can lead to injury down the road. Improper form is like washing the dishes with water only. You can still achieve a certain level of clean, but it's not as effective or efficient as including soap and a scrubbing brush.
On that note, let's take a closer look at one of the most common exercises that we observe with the most room for form improvement: the push-up.