Going to the gym regularly is a fantastic way to keep fit and healthy. Whilst it has its boundless advantages, it also has many disadvantages with the main one being how dangerous it can be if you’re not careful.
Introduction to using the gym safely
If you are new to the gym you should start off with a gym induction, this will introduce you to all the equipment and how to use these safely. This will help keep you safe and minimises the chances of injury. Before using gym equipment, always check its working condition before you attach the weight and start using the apparatus.
Warm up and stretch
When at the gym it is important to warm up and stretch before you start your planned workout. We advise a light cardio workout of your choice and always stretch the muscle groups which will be used. If you fail to prepare yourself, you might pay for it, and cause yourself to experience serious injuries. By doing a warm-up before exercise it allows your blood to start flowing through your veins, warming up your muscles groups, therefore helping to avoid cramp or injury.
Always have a spotter
Using the gym safely requires you to take precautions. When lifting heavy weights, we advise you take a friend to spot you. Many types of injuries can be caused by heavy lifting on a bench press. If things go awry, injuries ranging from pulled muscles to suffocation can be caused, in this instance, time is an important factor. Therefore, by having a friend to spot you, this eliminates the risk associated.
Put your weights back where you found them
An important part of using the gym safely is ensuring that you and others are safe. Once you are done with weights, place them back on the rack to ensure that you don’t trip over your own weights or that you don’t injure anyone else.
Are you due compensation for an injury at the gym?
Injuries at the gym can be quite painful and potentially life-changing. If you have had an accident that you believe is due to negligence, call our 24/7 Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or ring us from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. All claims work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, with all information being kept confidential.
Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice