To follow up on last Friday’s post about failing to maintain posture and position throughout a set, I wanted to do a little post on recording yourself lifting. As someone who regularly, for better or worse, is his own coach recording my lifts play a huge development in my lifts. Recording your lifts can serve many purposes.
First, I can’t count how many times after watching a lift I thought to myself, “Hmm didn’t realize I was doing that.” The same goes when I record others and people have the same reaction; “I didn’t know my knees were collapsing in”, “I wasn’t reaching full depth”, “my back was rounding”, etc. Sometimes what we think is happening and what is actually happening can be very different. When I played football in high school and we would watch game film I always remember the coaches say, “The eye in the sky doesn’t lie.” The same goes with the recording of a lift.
Another reason I really like recording my lifts is it is a great way to slow down some of the faster movements like the Oly lifts. Through this you can truly ask, “am I bending my arms early”, “jumping to soon”, “not reaching full extension”, etc. It really is an invaluable tool to be using.
Another thing I like to use recordings for is to see how the bar speed is. There have been plenty of times I have been warming up in squats or deadlifts and thought to myself “that was pretty slow or felt heavy.” I go back and watch the video and come to find out the bar speed was faster then I thought. This serves as a bit of a confidence booster for me for the next lift or to add more weight.
Unlike me, you guys do have me to watch over you and give you corrections. However, I am not always able to watch every rep. Also it’s good practice to see and understand what you are doing and how to correct the issue. You can also show me the video and say, “What do you think of this.”
The best app out there in my opinion is Coaches Eye. You can take really good quality videos, watch videos frame by frame (comes in handy for the Oly lifts, and sprint work), draw lines, also do voice recordings over videos. It has a lot of nifty features. Give it a shot, and see what you think about it.
Squat 3×5 (add 5 lbs to last workout)
Bench 3×5 (2.5 lbs to last workout)
Complete 6 rounds:
25 lbs Weighted Pull Up – Max Reps
180 lbs Prowler Push – 25 yards