What is Weight Training?

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March 27, 2021 0 Comment

What is Weight Training?

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Weight Training is a great exercise to build muscle mass, tone your body, and develop your fitness. It mostly involves using weights for resistance as you do an exercise, so it puts stress on the muscles making it expand using the weights. Adding muscle to your physique can really define the body but injuries can occur if your form is off. It’s always a great idea to start weight training under the supervision of a trained professional like a Fitness Trainer to avoid injuries.

Common Injuries

Biceps Tendinopathy

Biceps tendinopathy is when the tendon on your bicep becomes inflamed by overuse or age. Specifically by repeating motions over and over can worsen the inflammation. 

Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder impingement is when the rotator cuff is pinched between the shoulder blade and ball of the shoulder joint when your arm is raised. This is most common in people who perform exercises with overhead movements.

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

Rotator cuff tendonitis is when the rotator cuff muscles that help stabilize the shoulder joint become inflamed and irritated. This is mostly caused by lots of overhead movement or reaching exercises.

Meniscus Tear

Injury to the Meniscus is very common and can either be caused by general wear and tear or by a sudden twist or turn. The meniscus itself is a C shaped cartilage cushion that acts as a wedge between the knee. 

How to Prevent Injury

Weight Training by far is the easiest exercise to get injured in, not because it is dangerous, but simply because newcomers are not properly taught the right techniques. Without proper technique there is a wealth of possible injuries. Want a fitness coach to guide you? Contact us for an appointment.

Proper Form and Gear

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Using proper muscle activation techniques is key to reducing the risk of injury. If you are unsure if you are doing a technique properly it would be wise to consult a fitness professional or a gym instructor. Also remember not to use faulty equipment, only used well maintained equipment.

Warm Ups

Warm ups are very important to preventing injury because they help to get your muscles ready for an exercise. By doing some stretches or light aerobic you’ll be getting your blood flowing and your muscles ready for action.

Start Slow and Easy

When you’re just starting out, do not go straight to the bench press and lift as much as you can, that is a one-way ticket to tearing up your arms. When starting out use dumbbells and only lift a little less than you can handle. This way your muscles, tendons, and ligaments have time to adjust to the weight of doing exercises. Gradually increasing in weights as your muscles grow.