Here is a general outline for breaking down an exercise:
- First, you want to identify the goal of the exercise: What is the purpose of the exercise? What can you achieve with this exercise in your training routine?
- Determine the appropriate level of difficulty: Is this exercise for the beginner or the advanced lifter? Is this exercise easy or difficult to learn? How do you know if you’re ready to perform this exercise?
- Break the exercise down into smaller individual steps: It can be helpful to break the exercise down into smaller, more manageable parts. This gives the lifter a step-by-step guideline for performing the exercise. Simple steps make things less overwhelming and can help you focus and learn one aspect at a time.
- Practice the individual parts: Practice each part of the exercise separately before putting it all together. This can help you build up your skills and confidence.
- Put it all together: Once you’ve practiced each part of the exercise separately, try putting it all together and completing the exercise as a whole.
- Evaluate your performance: After completing the exercise, take some time to reflect on your performance. What went well? What could you improve upon? Use this information to adjust your approach and plan for future practice sessions.
By following the suggestions in this guideline you can learn most exercises on your own and perform those exercises safely and with a great deal of confidence. To master these exercises you should consider working with a professional strength coach.