This comes down to incorporating the fundamental aspects of training smarter and safer. This is where the mind-muscle link is paramount. When exercising, be sure to focus on the muscle performing the movement. If you allow your mind to wander your risk of injury may increase. Be sure to steer your mental focus back onto the muscle being worked if you feel yourself beginning to wander.
You should perform these five steps each and every time you weight train:
In addition, consider performing sets of relatively high repetitions (e.g., >20 reps) of the same exercises the following day of your heavy workout day to facilitate the recovery process. If you have an existing injury, perform high reps during weight training to lessen further injury while also maintaining your strength level.
BOTTOM LINE: Having an injury should not preclude you from working out. Use common sense and "listen to your body" to guide you on workout intensity. Take time to warm-up prior to your work sets.
Brian Danley, CFT
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.