Front squats using a dumbbell. The trainer was motivating me to keep the correct form: squeeze the gluts, don’t let the knees cave inwards, use the bigger muscles, keep the core tight. It was a struggle, but during the third set after hitting five good form repetitions in a row, I finally got the verbal approval from the trainer I was waiting for: ‘Good job, Patrick!’
Exhausted and relieved in finishing the last exercise of the day on a high note, I quickly dropped the weight, recovered my breath, and placed the weight back on the rack. But wait, hehehe. The trainer wasn’t finished. There was some unexpected feedback and another valuable learning opportunity. He pointed out the irony of how I would do 5 great repetitions of squats using ideal form, but then carelessly risk throwing out my back with the way I haphazardly bent over all ‘loosey-goosey’ to hurriedly place the weight back.
Great point! You know you have the right trainer when he not only observes you during sets, but in between and after sets as well! He reminded me that, when putting the weight away, to lift and move with the same form and technique as I would when doing the exercise itself. Indeed! It would be a shame to have a great workout and ruin it during the clean up phase!
Enjoy your own explosiveness!