Getting injured in the weight room can be a difficult issue to handle. For experienced weightlifters, the big issue is just walking around in pain for a little while. But for a beginner, there is a much bigger challenge to avoid common weight lifting injuries.
If you are new to strength training, getting injured can cause you to rethink exactly why you’re doing this in the first place. If you get hurt really badly, it will probably be the end of your fitness program altogether.
Fortunately, injuries caused by weight lifting are avoidable if you follow some simple guidelines and really focus on the task at hand.
If you don’t have time to perform a proper warm-up before you workout, they should probably come back when you do have time. The warm-up is a pivotal part of injury prevention and should never be skipped.
A good warm-up will get your heart rate up and get the blood circulating to the muscles in your body. You should be performing slower movements in the beginning, then gradually increase your range of motion and intensity.
This process should last for at least 5-10 minutes. Remember that the goal of the warm-up is to get your body warm. Some of this will depend on environmental temperatures as well. If it’s only 25 degrees outside, then you may need to warm-up longer than if it were 85 degrees.
If you finish your warm-up and you’re still not warm—keep going.
There have been some exercise methods that have come under a lot of scrutinies over the last few years due to the poor form of its participants. Make no mistake, weight lifting with terrible form will lead to injury.
Be sure to have a good understanding of basic human movement patterns and how to apply them to your strength training exercises. If you’re ever unsure about how to perform an exercise, be sure to ask a fitness professional at your fitness facility. They will be happy to help.
Don’t Go Too Heavy
People going way to heavy in the weight room is the cause of many, unnecessary, injuries. The worst part is that this is an issue with even the most experienced weightlifters. Just because you can bench a few more pounds than the person on your left, doesn’t mean that you should.
There’s no reason to compare yourself to others. You will only slow your own progress and potentially injure yourself in the process.
Dress For The Occasion
Be sure to wear the right attire when you’re strength training. The right shoes will go a long way in preventing a serious injury. You should have a sturdy shoe that provides sufficient support when you’re exercising.
The weight room is not the beach, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t see people wearing flip-flops in there. If you stop and take a look around the gym, you’ll notice that everything in there has hard edges, made out of metal, and just waiting to fall on your feet.
There are plenty of ways to prevent weightlifting injuries. Don’t let something this preventable slow your progress and put your strength training on hold.