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What Trainers Really Think About

Tier 3 trainer Kevon Daley clues us into the internal monologue of a fitness pro.

Visualization's role in fitness is typically associated with the end game: Exercisers are told to push through a difficult session by picturing themselves crossing a finish line, seeing a change reflected in the mirror, completing that tenth consecutive pull-up. But conjuring a specific image related to a particular workout move—versus a big-picture result—may prove more useful.

Here's why: To achieve proper form, your brain has to tell your body what to do, and if those instructions aren’t crystal-clear, your form will be thrown off and your results compromised—not to mention you’ll increase your risk of injury. 

To ensure that the brain and body are speaking the same language, Miami Beach-based Tier 3 trainer Kevon Daley gets creative with a series of visual cues. "I pay attention to how someone moves and prompt them with a simple cue so that they’re able to perform that movement in that position," he explains. “Everyone has different biomechanical advantages, but if you can teach someone to move in a proper way based off of their biomechanics, they’ll improve and produce more force.” 

Read on for Daley’s favorite move-cue match-ups.