What is good exercise “form.”

Having an arbitrary movement pattern performed exactly as the book described?

Is it ONE movement prescription designed for every single human being, despite obvious anatomical differences and physical limitations?

An exercise as defined in the 1962 guide to strength and conditioning?

I say absolute no.

A good exercise with good “form” is a loaded movement that:

A) has a functional benefit to the lifter
B) doesn’t injure the lifter

So, a squat is not ass-to-floor. So what?

A partial range squat still fits the aforementioned criteria (for good movement) for SOME people SOMETIMES. Ass to floor squats are for some people, sometimes, too.

But not all the time.

It really comes down to identifying good movement, that’s useful for certain functions, for the right people. Call it whatever you want. Not every exercise has to have a freakin label.

It’s not as easy as saying “that’s bad form, that’s not a real squat!”

To identify movement that benefits a single individual is hard. It takes some real thought. Its much easier to make a universal rule and stick to that.

Yes, good form. No, bad form.

It’s a little more complicated than that.

If you haven’t yet, have a skilled coach look at your movement. He or she can help prescribe exercises designed specifically to achieve results (as defined by you).

Don’t let the “form” nazis be the judge of whether or not an exercise is performed well. Without a thorough understanding of an individual and their movement capabilities, it is impossible to make a judgement.

Matt Pirtle MA CSCS