A Safety Check-up for Your Strength-Training Routine
GuidelinesWear protective gear for your hands and feet.Warm up.Start slowly; progress wisely.Lift slowly.Understand each exercise.Use good posture.Breathe.Recognize bad pain.Work front-to-back and side-to-side.Position yourself properly when using machines.With free weights, use a spotter and proceed cautiously.Be wise with rubber tubing and bands.Stretch after your workout.Rest between strength sessions.
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National Strength and Conditioning Association http://www.nsca.com/
Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology http://www.csep.ca/
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/
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- Reviewer: Peter J. Lucas, MD
- Review Date: 05/2012 -
- Update Date: 05/07/2012 -
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