So often, people are convinced that there is something wrong with their body, or a particular exercise. Well there is some good news. In MANY instances, there is nothing catastrophically wrong with their body, and it is not the exercise. Any discomfort they are experiencing is purely due to the fact that they are performing the exercise with terrible form. I'm sure this is an issue that many fitness professionals encounter.
Unfortunately, other fitness ''professionals'' are a large part of the problem as they are the people who are teaching the exercises with very poor form, or don't know what correct form is, or are too lazy to make sure that their clients are using proper form at all times.
I've worked with SO many people who were convinced that they had something wrong with their body. I watched them perform the so-called culprit exercise, and they had worst form EVER. Perhaps they were mimicking what they had seen at the gym, or had been taught how to do the exercise incorrectly, or simply had no idea what they were doing. Once I corrected their form and showed them how to perform the exercise properly, they were able to execute the exercise with zero pain, and were feeling it in the right areas.
A perfect example is my mom. Years ago, she had some lame doctor tell her that she had bad knees. So she's been convinced of this ever since. I gave her step-ups as an exercise and she told me that they killed her knees and that they wouldn't stop cracking. I watched her perform the exercise and just about had a fit as I can honestly say that I've never seen anyone perform that particular exercise so poorly. Once I corrected her form, she was able to perform them flawlessly, and had no pain or cracking. Cracking often occurs when the joints aren't tracking. This is often due to weakness, faulty biomechanics and/poor form. In less than a week, she has been able to add resistance, and her body is feeling so much better. This is just one of countless examples.
Before you decide that there is something wrong with your body or an exercise, ask yourself, are you performing the exercise properly. If you continue to perform an exercise incorrectly, what might be acute pain could turn into something more chronic and debilitating. The importance of using proper form cannot be underestimated.