Have you suffered an injury because of incorrect technique? We’ve put together a list of the 4 most common injuries as well as videos to make sure you never suffer these setbacks again!
Ego-lifting. You may have never heard of it, but you’re probably doing it. There seems to be some unwritten rule that the heavier the weight you lift, the better you are – you couldn’t be more wrong.
You may be able to curl 50kgs for 2 reps, swinging your arms to be able to finish the rep, but in terms of muscle development, you’ve achieved nothing.
When you lift weights that are too heavy, and you have bad technique, you’re actually causing damage to the bicep and the connecting tendons. Use less weight and aim for more reps, feel the pump, and make sure your form is correct – otherwise you’re just using other muscles. You’ll see those guns blow up!
Why is this such a common injury? Think about it: your knees are taking impact, helping support your body with every standing exercise that you do.
Squats, deadlifts and lunges are the main culprits for this kind of injury. Why? Because most people have no idea of the correct technique. If you’re feeling a pain in your knees as you read this, take a look at this video, showing you how to protect your knees.
No doubt that you’ve felt a sharp pain in your back at some point during your exercise routine. Please don’t brush this off as a one-time thing; it’s a sign that your back (more specifically your lower back) isn’t ready for the impact your putting on it.
It’s time to strengthen your lower back. Did you know that a strong lower back will even help you develop that six-pack you want so badly? Your abs and back work together – include lower-back exercises into your routine.
Heard of the rotator cuff? It’s a common golf injury, but it’s also seen in the gym. Your rotator cuff is a group of muscles that stabilise your shoulder. If you’re lifting heavy weights that need shoulder stability, you increase the chance of straining or even tearing it. Make sure you strengthen your rotator cuff before performing an overhead exercise such as a shoulder press.
And there you have it. Follow the advice of these professionals and you’ll be able to prevent injury and take your training to new heights.