No gain without pain, but if we can avoid it, then why not?
Hitting the gym for the first time can be intimidating, especially if you go on your own. Once you walk in, it can even feel like people are staring at you (but honestly, they’re not). Then, as a gym newbie, you’ll have to be familiar with the equipment, or maybe you’d want to make small talks with the fitness junkies who have been devoted members there for years. Well, making friends is necessary, but knowing the correct workout posture and how to use the equipment properly is more essential.
Why? Obviously, when you’re not familiar with the fitness gears and proper exercising positions, it’ll be easy for you to get injured. You don’t want that. It’s not only painful, but it will also interfere with your daily life outside the gym. There are several injuries that are common in the fitness world that you, as a gym newbie, should know. Let’s break them down one by one.
Lower back pain
This injury is one of the most common ones. Lower back pain may result from muscle strain that happens around the area of the spine, either due to overstrenuous workout and heavy-lifting, or incorrect body posture.
Knee pain occurs among gym enthusiasts quite often, too, and it can be excruciating. Knee injury has different types, though, such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, which is a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament that connects the thigh bone to the shin bone. Another knee pain involves irritation and inflammation of one or more tendons that attach the muscles to the bones, which is called patellar tendinitis.
Shoulder strain (rotator cuff injury)
Rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that stabilize the shoulder joint, allowing you to move and rotate your arms. When your rotator cuff is hurt, it will be hard for you to even comb your hair. Your shoulder will ache at the slightest movement. It may be a result of lifting excessively heavy weight and improper training form.