Now a days almost everyone, from a teenager to a working woman, works out to be Healthy. And for workout, going to Gym is considered to be the best and convenient way to maintain weight, gain muscles, stay fit and be in shape. And most people especially the beginners who aim to gain muscles quickly or get bulky tends to ignore the correct form of exercises and does not take proper guidance to perform the exercise. They often copy other bodybuilders in gym, or reads from a magazine, or see workout videos of wrestlers and stuffs, and does same exercise in gym when they work out. This can be dangerous and can lead to injuries that may be severe in most cases. So i advice that you should always ask the certified trainer for the correct form, suitable weights and duration for an exercise before you actually start your fitness regime. Here are 5 most injury prone exercise that may keep you out of gym if not performed with care and correct form.
1. Bench Press:
The most common exercise since ancient times in the Bench Press. It is performed by everyone to get those huge pecs. but if it is not done correctly, then you will miss going to gym for few weeks.
Most common incorrect forms related with Bench Press is :
- Not placing the hands equidistant from both sides of the bar.
- Placing the handing too far or too close to each other their by taking the pressure off the chest to the shoulder blades and triceps, causing overload to the soft muscles, and leading instant muscles injury.
- Getting excited and lifting too heavy weights without warmup with push ups or cardio. You may not feel any discomfort when you suddenly lift heavy, but practically it leads to muscle damage as they are not ready for the heavy load.
- Moving the bar ( up and down ) too fast and hands are swinging at different angles. this rapid swing movement of the bar leads to muscle sprain and you will be advised rest for 2-3 weeks by the doctor.
2. Leg Press:
A Leg workout can never be complete without the Leg Press. Performed by almost every guy hitting the gym, it is also in the list of the most injury prone exercises due to the fact that this machine exercise allows us to lift the maximum and very heavy weight with all sort of incorrect form.
Most common incorrect postures during Leg Press are:
- People often bends their head forward and takes a good view of their leg muscles and up-down of the weight, without even realizing that this bending forward of neck is placing extreme amount of stress and pressure on the neck joints.
- Another most common and unobserved mistake, which i am sure even you might have neglected, while doing this exercise is that people keep their butt off the seat, and only pays attention on the feet movement. This leads to intense pressure on the spine, which can be dangerous, causing acute or chronic back problems.
You may not feel these symptoms at the very instant, but committing these common mistakes, you end up doing lower back and neck exercise that too in incorrect form, rather than pumping your legs.
Lateral pull downs are performed by everyone, whether a bulky bodybuilder or a beginner. Rather almost all back workouts start with Lat Pull Downs. No doubt it hits the back muscles better than most of the exercises, but at the same time can be a real cause for injury to your shoulders leading to shoulder impingement, rotator tear and neck sprain.
- Worry starts when you are pulling the bar behind your neck, bending down your neck and pulling down with force till your head level.
- Often people pull down very hard and the rod hits their neck or upper spine, leading to strain.
- Immense amount of pressure put on the neck and shoulders that too in the wrong direction can cause injuries.
- One should prefer pulling in front rather than back to release the needless strained pressure on the neck and shoulders.
- One interesting fact you should know is that Pull Downs were invented when humans got lazy and weak to perform Pull Ups– The King.
4. Squats on Machine:
As we all know the Squats is one of the best compound exercise to pump up full body muscles and trigger the growth hormone on the body and enable our body to grow eventually. Squats are recommended by every bodybuilder and for every bodybuilder too. So if you wanna get a perfect lower body with muscular legs and flat abs, then you can not even think to neglect the squats for every time you go to the gym. But at the same time as more and more easy and comfortable machines and shortcuts and easily available for our body, the moderate growth and injuries comes into play. The advanced and supporter machine- The Smith Machine for Squats is one of the examples of these.
- Performing a squat on smith machine takes off the pressure, and makes it easy to squat because it provides a grip to easily move up and down only and weight always remains balanced.
- But problem comes when most people put their feet too far than required, leading to high pressure on spine and back muscles.
- One should try doing this exercise with their feet no more than shoulder width apart.
- When you bend down, you should make sure that your knees makes and angle of 90 degrees with each other before you push up.
Just after thinking about abs in your mind, the first exercise that pop up is Crunches. It is one the oldest and the best exercise performed since ancient times to get the perfect abs. But most common and most injury prone method of Crunching is now performed by everyone in gym.
- What one does is, they tuck their chin inwards and pull up their body in arc using there neck force.
- Resulting in damaging of neck and sudden muscle or tissue sprain.
- If you have just started doing crunches, then slow down a little and start increasing your sets and reps day by day gradually. Then speed of each crunch.
- Prefer elevating your knees to reduce strain on neck and back and put it on on abs.
So this is all. The most common mistakes while doing the most important exercises in gym. You may be very eager to gym everyday, but remember its only a small mistake, small ignorance, but this may keep you out of gym for months. So keep your ego on one side and be conscious during your workout sessions.