In a conversation with FLEX, Phil Heath talks about the importance to learn how to do the exercises and the evolution of his workouts.
Phil Heath on proper exercise technique
FLEX: How important is proper exercise technique?
Phil Heath: It is crucial. At the beginning you have to learn how to do the exercises. Then constantly keep track of your form to make sure you’re doing everything right for your body type.
Everyone says “practice – the way to perfection.” I do not believe in it anymore. Perfect practice – this is the way to perfection. Otherwise, you can create bad habits that you hook in the gym every day. You go to the gym for a training schedule, you have a high intensity, you know your sets and reps, exercises, but, in fact, you only get 50% of the efficiency of your reps. This means that you have bad habits. Your path of perfection is incorrect.
People say that they ran into a plateau. Rather, they should review their technical execution of exercises. Usually, people do not ask to see their technique. They are too proud to do that and they will continue to believe they are doing everything right, the repetition of repetition. Thus they have no way of knowing how things really are.
I always see in the hall the guys who shoot themselves with the phone camera and it is often annoying. I said, “You learn yourself or admire you?” Even a guy like me, with all the video that made for FLEXonline.com, I usually look at them and criticize my own form. How does it work? How can it get better? I always ask myself such questions. Maybe I want to change the very minor things, but I want it to be perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.
FLEX: How has your training since you became a professional in 2005? People said that the back – your weak spot.
I was much smaller then. I increased the weight and improved my body every year. By this, we can understand that changes have occurred in my back with all of my physique. I gained about 40 pounds (18,14kg) muscles. I became more everywhere. But as for my back, then this just had to be a little bit smarter and realize that this should produce a fairly constant voltage for a large pump. For me, work is a combination of free weights and exercise machines for the back, it’s all about form. Once again, perfect practice makes perfect.
For the reason that you do not see your back when her train, you need video and photos. You have to learn how to actually keep a constant tension in the muscles of the back and other muscles. Once you learn this, you have to keep this voltage for a repetition of repetition. Work on the back, made correctly, it requires concentration. It’s not just about how to lift weights. You have to work out your back, but your weights. My back is improving every year, because I learned how to train it properly to keep the tension in the back. Once you learn this, you should not lose it, and eventually your back will increase more and more.
On my own I want to say that these are the words of a champion. The highest level. But when man first holding rod, he is unlikely to understand and feel how to pick it up to work on targeted muscles. The first steps of the child is always uncertain, precarious, awkward, but then … In this, truisms – it is the knowledge and wisdom accumulated by mankind. Practice makes perfection (English. Practice makes perfect).