The machines do come with instructions. But like any manual, it can be hard to follow.
"The main problem I see is improper use of the machines
and some people over train and that not the best. " Said John Mark Hopper, Director of Trainers at Family Fitness.
From 1990 to 2007 more than one million Americans suffered an injury from weight and resistance training at the gym. And those accidents are on the rise. In most cases, the injuries aren't life threatening. But they can be painful, and put your routine, as well as your resolve to get in shape, on hold.
"They can easily strain something, see inflammation of the tendons. " Said Dr. Don Floyd, Orthopedic at Midland Memorial Hospital.
So before you try and shed unwanted pounds, get some advice. A certified trainer can help you get the best out of your workout and safely for an hourly rate.
"A trainer, supervisor, coach can help people avoid problems. " Said Dr. Don Floyd, Orthopedic at Midland Memorial Hospital.
"If you feel unsafe, don't be afraid to ask. " Said John Mark Hopper, Director of Trainers at Family Fitness.
Don't forget, all good things take time.
"Remember to start off gradually you can't build muscles overnight. " Said Dr. Don Floyd, Orthopedic at Midland Memorial Hospital.
If you do get injured while working out, give yourself sometime and make sure your body has
totally recuperated before returning to the gym.