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Bodybuilding Injuries, How To Avoid Them

Jun 21, 2008
While training hard and heavy may be awesome for your muscles, it can be trouble for the health of your joints and connective tissue. This is simply the reality of intense weight training, and while there are no guarantees that you will be able to completely avoid getting injured, you can certainly take specific steps to lessen the chance.

An intense workout program makes you prone to injuries. Although there are no hard and fast rules for completely avoiding injuries, you can definitely take some precautionary measures. Given below are the five golden rules of staying free from injuries.

1) Always perform a thorough warmup. A proper warmup is the single best thing you can do to minimize your risk of injury. This simple 15-20 minute process will prepare your mind and body for the hard work to come by increasing blood flow into the surrounding connective tissue and by lubricating your joints. I would recommend that you perform 5 minutes of light cardiovascular exercise before each workout followed by 4-5 warmup sets for your first major exercise of the routine.

2) Do it right. If you don't know if the way you're performing your routine is the right way, find a trainer and ask him for the proper form and technique in order to keep the stress off of your joints. Because, if you're doing the exercise wrong, you'll be more vulnerable to injuries.

3) You must never try to compete. It is an obvious situation that if a bigger guy is training next to you, you will definitely want to outdo him. Well, if you ever feel like doing so, don't, because you are just inviting trouble. That's because your ego is perhaps the rival greatest rival you're dealing with which is nothing but a recipe for disaster. Don't even bother how much the guy next to you is lifting. Stick to your training program.

4) Always know when to quit. If you cannot complete another rep of an exercise using proper form, the set is over, plain and simple. Put the weight down and rest up for your next set. If you start using huge amounts of momentum and jerky body motions to crank out a couple of extra reps, you'll be on the sidelines before you know it.

5) Watch out for a probable sign of a forthcoming injury. You must stop if you feel pain after your workout. Take som rest for some couple of days, or the time it takes for the pain to disappear.

In the next articles i'll teach you the specific way to perform a proper weightlifting warmup (something that the most of the lifters in the gym does not recognize nowadays), which will not only greatly decrease your chances of injury but will also result in virtually instant strength increases for your major exercises.
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Sean Nalewanyj blows the lid off of the bodybuilding and supplement industry to reveal the honest and unbiased truth about building muscle unbiased truth about building muscle, gaining strength and disolving away undesirable bodyfat.

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