The Power of Feedback? It’s natural to feel a little nervous the first time you go to a group fitness class. Maybe it’s because you don’t know what to expect, or maybe it’s because you aren’t exactly sure how your body will respond. And that nervousness can be amplified even more when it comes to giving feedback on someone else’s work. Asking someone for detailed feedback can be nerve-wracking and might make you wonder why it’s even important.
After all, what we look like during a workout is not indicative of our character, right? Well…sort of. While appearance does not indicate anything about our personality, confidence, or personal values, how we look does let others know if we are putting in an effort towards bettering ourselves in some capacity. So, let’s dive deeper into why getting helpful feedback on your workouts is so important and how it can benefit your health and well-being in the long run.
Why is Feedback Important?
There are a few reasons why getting feedback on your workouts is so important.
- It can help you better understand the goals you are trying to achieve by working out.
- It can help you learn how to better modify your exercises if you have an injury or condition that is preventing you from being able to complete certain exercises.
- It can help you determine if you are using the correct form for the exercises you are trying to achieve.
- It can help you gauge how effective your workout was from a physiological standpoint. Being able to give and receive feedback is a very important skill.
Feedback can come in a variety of different forms, such as written (such as on online forums or message boards), visual (such as pictures or videos), verbal (such as in-person or over the phone), or even kinesthetic (such as touching or feeling the muscle being worked). You can receive feedback from someone whom you trust and/or who is knowledgeable in the subject matter. You can also give feedback to other people.
How to Ask for Feedback
Before you ask someone for feedback on your own workout, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure you have permission to receive feedback from the person you are asking. Second, make sure that you frame your request for feedback in a constructive way.
For example, you could say something like, “I noticed that I seem to be having a hard time squatting down to the floor, even using the chair to assist me. Is there anything I could be doing differently to make that easier?” Or, “I’ve been having a hard time getting my heart rate up when I’m doing cardio. I’ve been trying to increase the speed and incline on the treadmill, but I’m not sure if that’s actually making a difference.”
Identifying What You Don’t Like About Your Workout
Asking someone what you don’t like about your workout can be tricky. You don’t want to offend or demotivate them if they are the ones you are asking. But the truth is, it’s important to know what you don’t like about your workout. That way, you can either change your workout to include more of what you like, or you can ask for help in making it a more enjoyable experience.
For example, let’s say you decide to get a personal trainer and find out that you don’t like the way they are instructing you. You want to know what you don’t like so you can either change to a different trainer or ask your current trainer to modify their approach. You can also give this feedback to your trainer so they can improve their teaching.
Identifying What You Do Like About Your Workout
On the other hand, you also want to know what you do like about your workout so you can improve upon it even further. For example, let’s say you like the way your trainer is instructing you, but you also want to start adding in some more cardio at a higher incline in order to increase your heart rate.
You want to know what you like so you can either do your cardio routine with your trainer or you can ask them for help in modifying their approach to include more cardio. In addition, you could also let your trainer know that you like their workout, so they can keep doing what they’re doing.
Identifying The Challenges You Face
If you are facing any challenges, then you need to know what they are so you can find ways to overcome them. For example, let’s say that you are having a difficult time with your trainer because they don’t understand your goals and expectations for your workout. If you’re not communicating clearly, then this will create a lot of confusion and frustration. By identifying the problem, you can fix it by either explaining yourself better or finding a new trainer who can give you what you want.
Identifying What You Need To Change In Your Routine
Now that we have identified what is working and what isn’t working in our workout, we need to identify how best to improve upon it or change it altogether in order to reach our goals faster.
Let’s say that there are some exercises that aren’t challenging enough for us anymore, or there are some exercises that we no longer enjoy doing because they don’t challenge us anymore. By identifying these things, we can either modify our routine by adding more challenging exercises, or we can eliminate them from our routine altogether if we no longer like doing them.
Conclusion of The Power of Feedback
The bottom line is that getting feedback on your workouts is important for success. It can help you better understand what you are trying to accomplish while also helping you make necessary modifications if you find you’re struggling to get there. Finally, it can help you gauge how effective your workout was by measuring physiological outcomes.
Unfortunately, though, only a small percentage of people actually receive feedback on their workouts. This means that even though feedback is important, many people are missing out on its benefits. So take action today, and start asking for feedback on your own workouts!