Hi! I am an aspiring figure athlete (and ex yoga junkie?). I am currently trying to research my way into an intense fitness regimen, but I am also paranoid of injuring myself. I’m an American in Germany, and my German’s not so good, so I’ve been a bit timid and keeping to the ‘machines’ at the gym.
After reading through all of your posts, it’s clear that machines can do more harm than good, and that they are simply less effective than free weights. SO. I am building up the courage to go to the ‘men’s area’ of the gym (or at least that’s how it was described to me on the tour), and practice my squats and deadlifts.
Can you please advise me on how NOT to do a squat? And also please describe what I should be aiming for when I am doing them correctly (in English). Is Wikipedia a good reference? You’re the experts…I would sincerely appreciate any resources you can provide me with. dankeshoen!