One thing that might be holding you back from a regular routine at the gym is fear of injury. Maybe you are not sure of what you are doing in the gym, and you don’t want to hurt yourself. Maybe you have gotten injured while working out in the past, and you don’t want to repeat the experience. The truth is that the gym can be a dangerous place if you don’t pay attention to your body. But, there are lots of ways that you can improve your strength while minimizing the risk of hurting yourself. In this article, I will discuss some of these injury prevention ideas.
#1: Work with a Trainer
One of the best ways that you can stay safe in the gym is by working out with a trainer. One of our trainers can teach you proper form and create a workout routine that will challenge you without overwhelming your body. Having a trainer with you at all times can make sure that you are using proper form and that you are challenging yourself just enough. A trainer will help you track your progress and increase your workload an appropriate amount. You can also have your questions answered by someone who can give you the right information when you work with a trainer. You can contact us to set up a free initial session with one of our trainers to learn some basics and get started keeping yourself safe in the gym.
#2: Warm Up Your Muscles
You don’t want to walk straight to the bench press and go from 0 to 100. Give your muscles a chance to warm up by doing some light stretching and spending a few minutes on a bike or elliptical. This can help ease your muscles into the workout ahead.
#3: Practice Form First
When trying a new exercise, you should focus on your form before adding weight. Watch yourself in the mirror to make sure that you are doing the movements correctly. Once you feel comfortable with the movements, you should start slowly adding weight. As long as your form is not compromised throughout your set, you are using an appropriate weight. Again, you want to push yourself, but make sure that your form does not suffer. This can help you stay away from injuring yourself.
#4: Listen to Your Body
If you are getting pains from a certain exercise, or your body is especially fatigued, it might be time to take a break or call it a day. Don’t ignore what your body is telling you. If you aren’t sure if you should keep going or not, you can talk to one of our trainers in the gym.
#5: Help Your Body Workout and Recover
There are certain steps that you can take before and after your workout to make sure that you have an optimal workout and that you give your body time to recover. Make sure that you stay hydrated throughout the day and eat well before and after your workout. Get plenty of sleep. Also take your rest days seriously. You won’t see results if you keep working the same muscles every day. Give your body a break and give your muscles time to recover.
These are a just a few ways that you can reduce the risk of getting injured while you are working out in the gym. If you are unsure about an exercise or need help, please do not hesitate to contact a trainer. We are here to help!