Going to the gym is commonly associated with a healthy lifestyle. However, without the correct safety precautions, training can turn out to be quite the opposite. Below is a quick guide to ensuring safety in the gym for a more healthy workout.
Using Gym equipment requires a great deal of caution and focus. This is because, without using it mindfully, gym equipment can be just as devastating to the body as it is beneficial. Many machines have different moving parts, creating the risk of pinching or crushing your fingers and toes. Therefore, ensuring your understanding of the dynamic of the machine is wise.
You can find countless videos on the internet of gym rookies approaching machines like they’re experienced ‘gym-goers’, only to perform the exercise clumsily, not only making a fool of themselves, but risking their safety.
One solution to this issue is to read the instructions provided on each machine to see how it works and how you should correctly use it. Most machines will have these instructions displayed somewhere on the machine. However, if not, do not hesitate to ask a fellow patron or a member of staff to thoroughly explain the dynamics and correct use of the piece of equipment.
Form is foremost when it comes to the gym. Not using correct form puts you at risk of damaging your body resulting in injury. Many people have established long-term injuries as a result of performing exercises with poor form; something that can be detrimental to your body, defeating the purpose of even going to the gym in the first place.
A great way to reduce your risk of injury and ensure proper form involves performing the exercise with little to no weight and allowing your body to get a feel of the movement before performing it with resistance. Ensuring strict form throughout your workout will not only allow you to be better and stronger whilst performing each exercise, it will also increase your longevity through the number of repetitions (reps) you can execute.
Having a spotter in the gym is vital throughout your workout, as it ensures safety and allows you to perform in the gym with more freedom knowing someone has your back. Many people tend to have a gym buddy that they go to the gym with. This is usually a friend or a coworker; a person that you can trust to assist you if things start to get out of hand.
With that in mind, pick your spotter carefully, as it is important to get a spotter who is physically capable of assisting you in lifting the weight in case you fail the repetition. Furthermore, getting a spotter who is aware of your strength, capabilities, lifting tempo and so on is imperative. That way, they know exactly when to start ‘spotting’ you if need be. A spotter can also validate your form to ensure you aren’t risking injury; allowing them to step in before it’s late.
Staying hydrated is fairly straightforward and simple yet it seems to be forgotten and poorly prioritised when people enter the gym. One easy, effective tip is to bring a water bottle with you. By doing this, you can have a sip of water whenever you need, instead of alternatively visiting the water tap every 10 minutes.
This is hugely beneficial, as stepping away from your training can have a handicap waiting time, not to mention the risk of losing your machine to a fellow gym member. Staying hydrated will allow you to perform to a higher degree throughout your workout allowing you to reap the benefits to a further extent.
All in all, it is clear gym safety is prevalent, ensuring use of these different concepts will allow you to get more out of your workout.