Post written by: Dusten
It’s Thursday, my arms have been painfully sore since Sunday night, and I think it’s safe to say that at one point within the hour in the half I spent at the gym I may have messed up somewhere. From what I remember I was only just going to do cardio, but after a while on the elliptical I went to go get water and that’s when my ADD set in. Right across from the water fountain were three racks of dumbbells of various sizes. So I figure I’d grab a 45 pounder and go cold muscle (some would call it resigning in the weight lifting world.) Well everything went well until I got home from the gym and then the usual soreness sets in, which in itself isn’t the problem, but the following day if went from a little sore to intense pain with limited movement.. and nearly five days later it’s still pretty bad. But just a reminder I thought I’d share a few tips for lifting so you can evade the same pain.
- Picking the right weight:
This was probably the most important tip for a number of reasons. Before I took on the infamous 45 pounder I haven’t been lifting for a while, like a really long time. The rationale for trying it out in the first place was merely I’m a big guy, a 45 won’t hurt. Obviously I was wrong, I was trying to build strength, but since I haven’t lifted in a while it’s important to start with lighter weights. You should use weights you can do 10 reps with easily is what you should be working with before you start to move to a heavier weight.
- Have a spotter:
having a spotter is very important and for the first time in my life I’m living with the consequences of not having one. A spotter makes sure that the weights are balanced and is the first the second line of defense against injury. (The first is using proper lifting techniques)
- Warming up/stretching:
To be fair I did do a fifteen minute run on the elliptical before I went to lift. But no stretching of any kind happened before I started exercising. Doing warm up exercises with really light dumbbells really helps warm muscles and loosens the joints.
- Executing sets: I just picked up the weights and tried to burn out (Btw is really idiotic). when doing any weight training it’s important to know how you are going to execute lifting them. Whether you’re starting with the heaviest weight for your first set and then lowering the resistance with each set (reverse pyramid). Or if you’re using the same weight throughout all sets (straight sets). Burning out isn’t the answer.
I wish I would’ve had these tips in mind when I was there doing major damage to myself. Well I have plenty of time to do cardio until my arms heal.