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Weight Training Safety Guide
If you are looking to get fit then it is likely that a key part of your training will be based around the use of weights. Whilst it may be tempting to just jump in there and lift them straight away it is suggested that you don’t. Lifting weights without knowing a couple of things could lead to rather serious injury. On this page I want to talk you through some of the most important safety tips for when you are training with weights.
Firstly, you need to warm up. This is the most important item on this list. Without warming up your muscles will not be prepared for the amount of strain that you are going to be putting on them. This will cause intense amounts of pain. You do not have to do anything too strenuous here. A bit of cardio should go a long way. If you are trying to get fit then it is likely that you will be combining cardio with weights anyway.
Pain is NOT good: I have seen so many people bleat on about how pain is good when it comes to working with weights. Many people believe that the pain caused by lifting weights shows that your body is getting stronger. It is not. Serious pain means that you need to stop soon. There may be a couple of aches related to muscle fatigue. If you feel sharp, stinging pains through your muscles then you have to stop. You are injuring yourself.
Do not hold your breath during weight training exercises. This may end up leading to you fainting. Trust me; you do not want to faint whilst holding a huge weight. You should exhale whilst lifting the weight and inhale when you start to put it down. Do not try to breathe too heavily either. Hyperventilating is likely to cause the same problems. Slow breaths are key.
If you are using the larger weights then I do seriously suggest that you work with a spotter. They will be able to keep an eye out for you to see whether you are suffering from any sort of problems. If there are clips on the bars then I suggest that you use them. This will stop an uneven weight distribution on the bar which can make the weights incredibly difficult to life.
Do not try to push your body too far! Many people think that they are able to go up in weight quite easily. You can’t. Get used to the weights that you are currently work with before you bump up the heaviness.
Finally; use proper form when lifting and putting down the weights. If you lift and twist your back (as many people do) then you are going to put a lot of stress on the lower back area. This is going to do nothing but lead to some rather serious problems for you. If you are unsure about proper form when lifting weights then it is suggested that you head online and watch a couple of videos. This should give you an idea about what to do.