KNOW-HOW TO LIFT WEIGHTS PROPERLY
The benefits of working out with weights are huge, regardless of age or level of fitness. If you find yourself making a bee-line for the treadmill at each gym visit, these tips will help you to feel more confident in approaching the weights area.
Many of our members have previously being working out on their own at gyms in Clapham. It’s common to hear that they find the gym-floor an intimidating environment. This is often because they’re unsure of what they’re doing. They find lifting weights particularly confusing. Also the thought of lifting weights incorrectly and becoming injured can be frightening.
1. KEEP CORRECT FORM TOP PRIORITY
The most important tip to remember when lifting weights is that bad form is the express route to injury. To make sure you have correct form, keep the following points in mind.
IF IT FEELS PAINFUL, DON’T KEEP DOING IT
The entire concept of ‘working through the pain’ is nonsense. Muscular ache and fatigue are different than sharp pain – the former is a part of the process, the latter is a red flag to stop. If you find that an exercise is painful, make a mental note of where and at what point the pain is occurring, and then ask for a gym trainer to watch your form without resistance (or, if you are training online with me, take a video through the app and I’ll review and report back). By performing the exercise without weight (and with a second set of eyes) you’ll get a better idea of what can be done to correct the movement.
DON’T SACRIFICE YOUR FORM TO LIFT HEAVIER WEIGHTS
Use correct form as a guide to help you increase the resistance lifted. If you have to round your back to complete a deadlift correctly, lower the weight and do it right – your low back will thank you for it.
ASK FOR HELP
If you have a question or need someone to spot you during an exercise, ask one of the gym trainers to help you.