Bodybuilding is a great lifelong activity, but if it’s done incorrectly, things can go wrong quickly. Lee Priest has been lifting with high volume training and has been using heavy weights since his teen years and has managed to never sustain a serious training injury. Sloppy training can result in injuries that will derail your bodybuilding program. This article will address the common injuries that overzealous bodybuilders make in their quest to build a muscular body.
Many people who workout in gyms complain about backaches, neck aches, and shoulder aches. They blame these aches and pains on their desk bound jobs where they sit in front of the computer all day. Many times these injuries are actually sustained in the gym and manifest themselves over a period of time.
The main culprit here is incorrect form being used in the gym. Too heavy weights plus incorrect form are quite typical when the desire to get big at any cost takes over. The constant wear and tear of joints, tendons, cartilage and muscles can mean painful limited range of motion in later years. Many injuries do not occur immediately such as dropping the weights on your toe or popping an attachment during a heavy bench press single.
Sure, back in the day, strong men pulled and yanked all kinds of odd objects in a show of strength but I can almost guarantee you that most of these guys hobbled into their later years due to muscle tears, strains or worse due to performing consistent wreck-less weightlifting. If you’re interested in building quality muscle that will serve you not only by way of increased strength but also improved cosmetic effect, execute your lifts using correct form 95% of the time. You can go for records during that other 5% but only when you feel strong, well rested and focused.
Common causes of injuries can also be attributed to those times when the bodybuilder hasn’t fully recovered from the last training session, Loss of focus, cheating, swinging the weight around is all too common amongst those who don’t plan and stick to their rest periods within their training schedules. This is one of the reasons why you see so many Crossfit injuires. Not enough rest, not enough focus. Typically, cheating and swinging the weight not only causes you to waste your time it will eventually cause injury.
An example of a common exercise done with incorrect form is the barbell curl.
Barbell Biceps Curl This exercise is perhaps the most commonly executed in the wrong form and causes injuries that people dont even know why they are injured. In every gym, you will see people swinging their barbells with their body rocking to and fro during this movement.
The rocking movement places tremendous stress on the shoulder joint which is the most unstable joint in the human body and the lower back. Over time, the shoulder joints and lower back will pay a heavy price for the wrong form and technique used during the lift.
Other common bodybuilding exercises which are often wrongly executed are the lat pull down, bench press, leg extension, military press and the list goes on.
So the next time when you have a mysterious backache or joint pain, reflect on the weightlifting exercises that you are doing and examine them as to whether they are the cause of your injuries.
Better yet, rest a few days and get out of the gym completely. Remember muscle growth occurs outside of the gym not in it.