7 Tips for a Safe and Successful Workout : Tip #4 - Tempo

Whether you’re a beginner or a professional athlete, one of the best ways to increase strength safely, while avoiding injury is to consistently maintain correct movement mechanics.

Implementing tempo training into your workout, is a proven way to help you slow down and feel each position from start to finish. This will allow you to replicate proper movement mechanics, and will reveal any flaws in your exercise technique.

For example, count to three while lowering a weight, hold, then count to three while raising it to the starting position. Doing this, and working at the right tempo helps you stay in control, rather than compromising strength gains through momentum, which will exert excess stress on your tendons rather than your muscles.

7 Tips for a Safe and Successful Workout : Tip #3 Hydration!

This should come without saying but not everyone drinks enough water. It seems like a no-brainer, right? You sweat hard in the gym and you need water to replenish what you sweat out. Your body is full of water - up to around 50-60% so it’s important to maintain this to perform at an optimal level. It’s also important to note that water isn’t just lost through sweating but also through breathing, bowel movements and urine.

So you can see the importance of consuming water throughout the day as your body works to maintain a healthy water level, but if you need a bit of flavour in your life, add intra-workout or BCAAs to your water.

7 Tips for a Safe and Successful Workout : Tip #2 - Form, form, form!

Please remember that form in a movement is always more important than weight of the movement! Using good form and technique while in the gym is one of the best ways to keep yourself free from injury. If you can’t lift something with good form, you shouldn’t lift it. Using strict form with every exercise will not only get you better and stronger at each exercise, you’ll also have more longevity and less injury.