The Correct Stance for Lifting

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If lifting weights is going to have any positive effect, you're going to need to make sure that you're using the correct stance. Learn about the correct stance for lifting with help from a fitness and physical therapy professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, welcome back to the Cave Cam. I'm Coach PJ at CPJ Fitness in San Diego, California. Today, I'm going to show you the correct stance for lifting. Okay, I'm going to show you today two correct ways to stand while you're lifting weights. One is with your legs just outside your hips just a little bit, soft knees. So if you have to pick down, get down and pick something up you're in a good squat position. You can do curls from here and again you can pick something or drop something off or if you are bending over, and coming up. This is a great stable stance and again you'll want to make sure you have soft knees. Now if you go to the next level or you do something different where you want to do overhead, I suggest you do a staggered stance, a split stance so if I'm doing a shoulder press with weighted load I'm going to go up like this but the beauty of this stance is this back leg provides support for the low back. So as opposed to being here doing a heavy weight and straining, you're going to provide back support by doing a staggered stance. This is why this is an important stance. If you start doing anything overhead, that's heavy loaded. Okay, those are two safe stances you should have when you lift weights and have fun with it. Once again, I'm Coach PJ at CPJ Fitness, and I just showed you the correct stance for lifting.

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