Whatever you are looking to get out of the gym, it is always soul destroying when you are struck down by an injury. Be it somebody new to the gym and just beginning to enjoy it to a professional bodybuilder, one of your fitness goals i to not get injured.

There are several determining factors in common gym injuries, the first is poor posture which weakens your musculoskeletal structure, and the other is doing too much too quick, trying to cram in a lot and not allowing your body and muscles to adjust to the changes.

Many people start out in the gym with personal trainer to gain knowledge, and is one of the best ways to make sure you’re using the right technique when performing certain movements as to not induce injury.

With all the injuries that can happen in the gym, we explore the 5 different body areas that can be affected.

Foot and Ankle

When you think about your feet and ankles, this is a joint that supports all of the weight above. When you spend the day hunched over your computer desk and stand up, your weight shifts around, taking misplaced steps or wearing the wrong shoes can all cause various foot and ankle injuries.

To prevent any injuries in the area, depending on the exercise you intend on doing, from running to squatting, make sure the shoe supports your ankle throughout the movements. By helping the spread of impact in running shoes can help running, using supported, high ankle shoes to squat will help any ankle injuries when lifting heavy weights.

Knee

A fragile joint that when we don’t keep it moving and well lubricated can feel the force of exercise. Again, many of us will spend the day sat behind a desk, then come the evening we opt for equating or kick boxing. Your knee joint needs constant care.

Start out with some prevention and strengthening exercises such as lunges as warmups, this will help both with the warmup process and future strengthening.

Lower Back

Bad posture during the day and lack of form in the gym are to blame for lower back injuries. If someone is rounded throughout the day in their upper back, then go to the gym and do deadlifts or shoulder press, their backs will be out of sorts.

To prevent back injuries it is important to stretch and strengthen you upper back to compensate for your daily routine. By flattening out your back, by laying on the floor or leaning against a wall, this will allow your back to stretch out and be in a neutral position.

Shoulders

A tough injury to take as most of the things we do daily require good shoulder mobility, and an injury in the area could hinder many people’s work.

To prevent any shoulder injuries, you need to start out any shoulder focused workout on gradual weight increases and warmups. Good form and warming up the joint should be enough to help with any future shoulder injuries or impingements.