How safe is it to lift weights? - Stylist

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How safe is it to lift weights? - Stylist

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If you’ve never lifted a weight before, then you might look on at those in the gym who do with fear. They often drop big, heavy bars, they have joints and muscles strapped up and supported and they look red and like they’re struggling. Much nicer, safer and easier to go for a run or do a HIIT circuit, right?

While lifting weights that are heavier than yourself over your head does come with some risk, should it really be enough to put you off? We think not, especially considering the huge benefits of strength training.

Interestingly, a study found that when playing everyday sports, like football, rugby or hockey, you are up to 10 times more likely to get hurt than if you hit the gym for some heavy weightlifting (although don’t let that put you off sports either, as the risk is still incredibly low).

Weightlifting safely is all about the preparation and execution of the movements. To teach us about the risk vs reward, we turned to Strong Women Collective members Alice Miller and Emma Obayuvana. Here’s what they had to say:

IS WEIGHTLIFTING DANGEROUS?
EMMA OBAYUVANA:

“For most people, lifting weights is a safe and healthy thing to do. Most injuries to do with weightlifting are just normal aches and pains, such as DOMS, that can be fixed with recovery, ice or heat. The more intense weightlifting you do, like CrossFit or Olympic Weightlifting, the higher the risk of injury, but even then it’s not as dangerous as you might think.

Weightlifting is safe if you are doing it with proper form and proper load. You need to know what your limit is and leave your ego at the door. If you cheat and use bad technique to lift a heavier load, you might sustain an injury, but otherwise I say it’s not dangerous.”

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