It’s important you avoid weightlifting accidents if you want to stay injury free, but even more so if you want to maintain your dignity!
Injuries hurt but they heal over time, embarrassing gym accidents stay with you much longer!
Like any mishap, they are funny as hell when it happens to someone else, but if they happen to you then you’ll know all about wanting the ground to swallow you up right there and then!
I’ll be honest and tell you that in my early days in the gym I did some pretty stupid things!
- I got pinned to a bench by a barbell and had to roll it down my body and off my knees!
- I forgot to secure the plates on the end of the barbell and I went to curl the bar and the weights fell off one end and then the other! They made a loud clanging noise and everyone looked at me smirking!
This article will make sure you don’t make the same mistakes or have any weightlifting accidents that will embarass you!
Avoiding Weightlifting Accidents: A Fool Proof Guide To Preserve Your Gym Credibility!
Set the scene…
Your in the gym focussing on your workout but your attention is interuppted by a good looking woman on the nearby crosstrainer.
The gym brings out the alpha-male in all of us but even more so when the opposite sex are watching!
You load up the barbell bench press with an extra 10kg more than you would usually lift. Your idea is to impress her with your feat of strength before making small talk.
The plates are loaded and you get into position…
Without a spotter you unrack the bar and you bring it down to your chest, you push back up and that’s one rep. You bring the back back from rep two and you push…and push…and push!
THE BAR IS STUCK ON YOUR CHEST!
You looka round, there’s no one to help…you kick your legs and arch your back but its going nowhere!
You finally let the right side of the barbell slam to the floor with an almight crash and you get up acting like nothing happened….and head straight for the door and lay low for 2 weeks!
Weightlifting Accidents In The Gym
Weightlifting accidents happen in the gym more than anywhere else, this is probably due to the macho atmosphere of most gyms.
But beware this atmosphere, for even the biggest guy will feel like an ant when it all goes wrong!
Here’s some examples of what NOT to do if you plan or going back to the gym anytime soon!
Squatting Gone Wrong!
This is why they tell you to tighten your core before you squat!
Knowing How To Do An Exercise Properly Helps!
Going beyond the full range of motion doesn’t make pulldowns anymore effective!
If You Can’t Do An Exercise Properly…
This video makes me laugh so much my sides hurt!
This guy would have been better off not bothering with pull-ups at all!
On a more serious note, if you can’t do a single pull up then look for an alternative move of do assisted pull ups until you’re strong enough to do them properly!
Just whatever you do…don’t do this!
Knowing How To Use Equipment is Key!
Using the leg press machine as some kind of chest press machine is certainly a new one for me!
Sticking With Basic Movements Keeps You Safe!
Using equipment that you’re not familar with should be reserved for quiet times in the gym!
As you can see, when you try to overcomplicate things, things get, well….complicated!
Think Your Safer Training At Home?
Sure, theres less people to see your embarassing weightlifting accidents, but theres also less people on stand by to spot of give you help if you need it!
Here’s how working out at home can be just as dangerous (and just as funny too!)
New Moves to Avoid: The Pulldown Face Lift
Finding A Spacious Area Is Important!
The Reason I Don’t Recommend Cardio!
Whilst I hope this has made you laugh, I hope it highlights the fact that you can make an ass of yourself very easily in the gym!
If your new to the gym then everything you need is right here for you and if your already a seasoned vetran of the iron game, then I hope this reminds you of the perils that await those that don’t stay focussed in the gym!