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Please Stagger…huh? by Patricia

Ensuring proper form during exercise is something all good trainers spend a fair amount of time working on. It goes beyond cueing a client to stand up straight and tall, chest out and shoulders back and down while pulling a row machine for example. Often times I have seen a person performing dumbbell bicep curls and rocking their whole body to help them lift the heavy weight. Not only is this bad form to work the biceps, it’s also potentially hard on the lower back, especially if your core is not as strong as it could be.

Hence the stagger step stance is recommended when performing most standing upper body lifts. Simply stand with one foot forward and one back, hip width apart to keep better balance and help ensure that you are working the intended muscles.

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