Tips for strength training in the right way (2 min read)
So, we’ve spoken about getting injured and the risks associated with strength training, but how can we avoid it all together?
Irradicating injuries all together isn’t realistic; however, steps can be taken to significantly reduce the risk of pain or injury whilst maximising results.
Pay attention to muscle stiffness.
Muscle stiffness is important because it affects our movement and joint range of motion. For example, if your left hip is stiffer than normal you will have difficulty performing lower body movements, such as squats and lunges. If you persist and push through it, then you might strain the left hip/back muscles. Paying attention when your muscles feel tight is a great way to ensure you mitigate the risk of an injury in the future.
Joint range of motion and muscle activation.
Joint range of motion is essential to any strength-based movement. For example, if you lack range of motion through your knees, you may find it difficult to load them with weight in a squat or a lunge, therefore paying attention to which muscles are engaging is so important. If the wrong muscles are switching on or overworking, you increase the level of imbalance, leading to further problems.
Always think about what muscles are working – are the right ones switching on? Often reducing muscle stiffness & improving joint range of motion goes hand in hand. You may also need to rewire neural pathways to reteach those muscles to activate properly (a topic to be covered later).
Implementing these principles will better equip you and your strength training, while reducing the risk of an injury or pain.
No one wants to get hurt, so let’s do the right things & get the benefits of training with minimal risk.
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Disclaimer: If you are currently experiencing severe/chronic pain, then you should be consulting an allied health professional (physiotherapist/osteopath etc.)