Ways to Avoid Gym Injuries, While Getting Max Results
POSTED: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 2:19pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 8:41am
BROWNSVILLE — Whether you're working to get that perfect beach body, or just trying to get healthy, summer seems to be prime time for hitting the gym.
"People definitely seem to procrastinate and want to get in bikini season body, in bikini season," says Gold’s Gym personal trainer, Christina Baxter.
That mentality in some cases, can lead to improper lifting and burnout on cardio machines because some exercise enthusiast may believe the faster they run or the heavier they lift, will expedite results. Not quite the case according to Baxter.
“People come in and they want to see results overnight, and like everything else they want things instantly these days, fitness is not," says the trainer.
While there is no perfect routine across the board, since every body is different, the main areas of focus, cardio and weight training a few days a week and watching your diet daily.
Baxter stresses they key in any kind of training is to work your way up; be it with time on cardio machines or with the amount of weight you load up.
She says in her experience training, there are really two areas on the body that seem to take a beating, the knees and the back, the culprits, squats and lunges; the other often wrongly executed exercise.
Improper form alone can cause injury, but that injury can be intensified if weights are added into the routine.
Another tip: don't forget your core. Baxter says women tend to be attentive to their abs where men, not so much.
But core work should be a part of everyone's fitness plan as the core is the body's stabilizer.
Baxter says it's best to do things properly in the gym, or you may find yourself sidelined on your couch because of injury.