"Gym Idiots Academy" Lifting Form Check
Have you ever watched an episode of "Gym Idiots" and wondered whether you look as ridiculous as the ego lifters and newbies in the video?
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 can stop worrying.
Why This Beats Free Advice Online
No confusion from reconciling conflicting suggestions on your own.
- Work with accomplished competitive lifters, not an anonymous armchair expert or a cowboy-hat-wearing butterball with a YouTube channel.
- Get the harsh criticism of "Gym Idiots" with none of the humiliation.
the kind of coach who gives lifting advice for free
How It Works
Upload footage of your lifting sets--any mix of bench, squat, or deadlift variation--to YouTube, Instagram, or a cloud storage service like Dropbox.
Link to your footage when your coach contacts you. You'll receive lifting form critiques and weak point training suggestions in 1-2 business days.
- You may follow-up with your coach via e-mail to ensure that you're doing everything right.
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.
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 and deleted as soon as services have been rendered. 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.