We preach technique over weight to help you learn the proper movement patterns to help prevent injuries in and outside the gym but here are some other things you can do to help prevent yourself from getting injured.
Warm Up Properly- This doesn’t mean just a short spurt on the rower or a jog around the block. This is warm up sets or warm up exercises to prepare your body for the exercise and weight you are getting ready to do.
Take Time to Recover- Muscle recovery can take 48- 72 hours. If you don’t allow your body time to properly recover you will drastically increase your risk of injury. This is one of the reasons you should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep daily.
Wear the Right Footwear- Some footwear is better than others when doing certain exercises. For example, wearing a shoe that is flat and firm is better when doing squats, deadlifts, snatches and clean and jerks versus a regular running shoe.
Proper Form- As always make sure you are learning proper form before increasing the weight on the bar.
Don’t Neglect Micronutrients- Vitamins and minerals play a big role in the human body. Be sure you are getting the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables a day, so you don’t lack in nutrients.
Avoid Ego-lifting- You are only competing against yourself. Leave the ego at the door and only use the weights that you are able to control safely. It’s you against you!