While I’m usually more of a cardio gal myself, I know the power of weight lifting and its ability to reshape your body, speed up your metabolism and just make you an overall powerhouse of awesomeness. However, since I’ve been injured, I’ve been forced to spend much of my workout time in the weight room, pumping iron and doing crunches. It’s been an interesting break from the norm for me.
Because I’m a certified personal trainer, I know how to lift things properly and I know when I need to back off the heaviness of the weights. But I know that a lot of people who don’t know how to lift weights safely yet are weight training because the health community (we’re pointing the finger at ourselves here) is always touting the fantastic benefits of strength workouts. And, according to new research, weight training-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms between 1997 and 2007 increased nearly 50 percent during the 18-year study period.
Now, most of the increase came from youth and men (boys will be boys), but women also showed a spike due to increased participation. Yikes! It’s studies like this that continue to prove why we recommend everyone invest in at least a session or two of personal training.
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