Here is a list of some important safety tips that should be followed by all weight trainers. These tips can help prevent injury and help speed your progress.
(1) Have a medical check up before you begin working out, especially if you have been living a sedentary lifestyle over the past year or more.
(2) Always warm up prior to working out. Most injuries are the result of jumping into a heavy workout too quickly. A good warm up only takes a few minutes, but it can prevent pulled muscles and injured joints.
(3) Use collars on all barbells. If you forget to put the collars on the barbell, the plates may fall off. This can cause serious injuries such as muscle tears, pulled tendons, etc. Play it safe, and use the collars.
(4) Use a spotter when necessary. When doing exercises such as bench press, squats, shoulder press, lying tricep extensions, etc. have someone stand behind you and provide assistance lifting the weight if necessary.
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