Weight Training – What NOT to do

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Weight training. (Photo: Getty Images)
Weight training. (Photo: Getty Images)

Exercise injuries easy happen when people don’t know how to work equipment.  Sherman Baatjes, sport science lecturer at Stellenbosch University share some helpful tips on how to get the most out of a good workout without causing harm to your body.

1. Holding your breath 

Holding your breath during any weight lifting exercise may cause your blood pressure to rise dangerously high. The best recommendation about when and how to breathe during a weight training exercise is to exhale through the sticking point during the exertion phase (the most difficult movement part of the exercise) and inhale during the easier part of the exercise (the relaxation phase). This breathing pattern won’t necessarily come naturally, especially if you are new to the game. So you will have to consciously think about your breathing during each exercise. 

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