I hear it all the time - lifting weights is perfectly safe. Funny how I only hear it from people under 30.
They say you do it correctly, your joints will be fine.
If you do it correctly, you won’t get any strength imbalances.
And if you do it correctly, its better than any other form of training.
There is one small problem: There’s no such thing as doing it correctly. Not for your whole life. At some point you’ll hurt yourself.
It could be your lower back or your knees. As for me, it was my shoulder.
You’ll get hurt eventually because you’re lifting the heaviest weights possible, usually throwing them around, and you can’t keep your form picture-perfect every time.
These little mistakes add up. And that’s why you’ll see dedicated weight lifters with constant joint pain and injuries. I have yet to meet a lifter over the age of thirty who did not have an injury or joint they had to nurse.
And they treat this as normal. Rehab is a part of their lifestyle. It never occurs to these iron-slingers that maybe they should stick to a form of training that doesn’t lead to injuries in the first place.
So trying using your own bodyweight for exercise instead of hoisting heavier and heavier weights. You can still do tough movements that feel much more natural, and with a much smaller chance of injury.
Best of all, you can burn fat, build muscle, and increase energy using just your bodyweight - no joint pain required.
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Nate Rifkin knows lifting weights is pointless. He knows you should look at these yoga dvds
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