7 Tips for a Safe and Successful Workout : Tip #7 - Lift weights you can handle

Building strength is a lengthy process in the gym, so dive head first into going too heavy while you can’t handle it. If you’re a beginner wanting to test how much you can lift, you’re more likely to overdo it and, forgetting to use proper form and potentially giving yourself an injury that will take a long time to recover from. (This is a good reason why having a spotter is important for safety.) There are safer ways to test your strength — improving your form, looking up ways to test your maximum weight with a calculated rep scheme or utilising tempo— and you’ll be fitter and healthier in the long run.

Safety first; strength will come.

7 Tips for a Safe and Successful Workout : Tip #6 - Warm up, don't rush

We all have busy lives and it’s a fast-paced world and no, you don’t have to stretch for hours on end, but at the very least you should help your body acclimate to what you’re about to put it through. Put your body through the motions it’s going to be performing with a light weight, so your muscles switch on and engage before loading them up. It’s much better to take the time to get it right than to rush in and get injured. Understand that fitness is a lifelong pursuit — the rewards come gradually, not all at once, but it is always worth the time.

7 Tips for a Safe and Successful Workout : Tip #5 - Put them weights back

"If you're strong enough to lift it, you're strong enough to put it away." 

The number one rule of Gym Etiquette 101 and as a FITHQ member, an enforceable condition that was agreed to when signing up. It goes without saying, but it’s also something that needs to be addressed. Re-racking your weights goes a long way towards making the gym a safer place for everyone. Leaving weights on the floor is just asking for accidents and injury. If you are lifting and using a bar, put the weights back in some semblance of an order. This is just common courtesy.  If your using dumbells, place the weights on the rack after use and keep the gym safer for you and others.

If you notice someone not staying in accordance with the clubs terms and conditions you can report it to info@fithq.net.au.