So I was watching some videos on YouTube and happened across a back workout of Branch Warren who is one of the top bodybuilders right now. The first thing I noticed was how sloppy he was in some of his exercises. Take his back for example. In the video below you'll see pulldowns that would get most of us eventually injured. Heck, it may injure him too at some point. There is no where near the amount of routine, supplements, exercises to use, when to workout, etc. information as compared to "HOW" to perform the movements effectively. To this day, I am at a loss as to why this is the case. Check this out:
I was watching Fred Fornicola do a high intensity back workout on YouTube. Yes, he demonstrated it. But there was no description as to what he was doing at the time with his body. Was he trying to keep his elbows in? Contracting his lats? Wondering what he was going to have for lunch? HAH! He went thumbless? Why? What about breathing? How about overall body position during the movements? You'll see him observing his body at the start of the chins. What was he looking at? What was he checking? How did he know how to stop. Now, I am not busting Fred's chops (ok, just a bit!), but this is actually better than most for what you see with respect to really focusing on how to perform the movement in detail.
Proper form is at the foundation of the successful strength training routine.