"Gym Idiots Academy" Lifting Form Check
Harsh Criticism Without Humiliation
You might wonder whether you look as ridiculous as the ego lifters and newbies in my Gym Idiots videos. Maybe you're competing in a powerlifting meet and want to know if you will pass your federation's standards. After just one "Gym Idiots Academy" lifting form check, you'll finally know how good you are a picking things up and putting them down.
The Folly of Free Advice
You can easily get free lifting advice online. I can, too...as material for my comedy roasts because free advice generally sucks.
Your gains and your health are worth the money: pinch a penny, tear a ligament. With "Gym Idiots Academy," you can work with accomplished competitive lifters, not some anonymous armchair expert with a YouTube channel and a body like a melted candle.
this "coach's" next band should be gastric
How It Works
Record Your Lifts
Your coach will ask for your squat, bench, and/or deadlift footage. Post it to YouTube or a cloud service like Dropbox.
Link Your Coach
Once your coach receives the links to your lifting videos, he will e-mail your form critiques in 1-2 business days.
Make the Changes
Incorporate your coach's adjustments and suggestions. You have one follow-up e-mail to ask lingering questions.
My squat progress stalled, but I couldn't see anything wrong with my form when I recorded my sets. I signed up for Elgin's form check service to get to the bottom of things. My coach, Len, pointed out several mistakes that I completely missed and gave me cues to remember and accessory exercises to try. My squat numbers have improved, and I'm now considering a custom program due to the quality of the form check service.
Even though I had one more in the tank, I was still shell shocked that I could hoist the weight off the rack without the difficulty that I imagined. As always, shouts outs to @elgintensity. Your form check got me off to the right start.
No, this isn't an elaborate scheme to gather content for a gym fail montage. Any lifting video(s) you send will be for your coach's eyes only. There are so many gym idiots out there that it makes no sense for me to shit where I eat.
Len and Tom are competitive raw powerlifters, so one of them will make sure your lifts conform to the rules of the federation of your choice. None of us follows equipped powerlifting, but those meets don't really have standards.
If you recorded high resolution videos of your lifts from clear vantage points, then you can link your coach to them. If it looks like you recorded your lifts with a fidget spinner, then you'll have to record them again. The better the footage, the more your coach can help.
You don't even have to tell your coach that; he'll be able to tell. Mention your training history, nagging injuries, whether you learned to lift from a crossfitter, and anything else that you deem relevant for the consultation.
The follow-up e-mail allows you to ask your coach about any issues that arise after your consultation. You only get one e-mail, so make it count. The follow-up is not another form check, so don't link your coach to updated videos. Wait a week or two before e-mailing your coach so you have time to implement the changes he recommended, but don't wait so long that your coach forgets all about you. If you don't reach out, then your coach and I will assume you're breaking world records somewhere; in that case, please tag @elgintensity in your award ceremony video so I can bask in your glory.