San Diego’s Douglas Geyman on Avoiding Injuries While Lifting Weights

Douglas Geyman is an employment law attorney who has been serving clients at his San Diego-based law firm since 1992. As founder and president of the Law Offices of Douglas E. Geyman, Attorney at Law, he specializes in all areas of employment law, including wrongful termination, workplace discrimination, and wage and hour matters. In his spare time, Douglas Geyman enjoys playing chess and lifting weights. Here he shares a few tips to help avoid injuries while lifting weights.

Seek advice – Prior to beginning any workout routine, it is advisable to consult a medical professional or certified professional trainer. These professionals can help individuals devise routines appropriate for their age and capabilities. They can also provide information on the proper techniques to use on certain weight-lifting equipment in order to avoid injuries.

Make stretching a part of your routine – Experts recommend incorporating stretching exercises before and during weight-lifting routines in order to reduce the risk of injury. Stretching helps to loosen up the muscles and can help to prevent overextension of muscles.

Take it slow – Perhaps the most common mistake made by weight-lifting novices is trying to do too much too soon. Lifting very heavy weights or doing too many repetitions can cause injuries to muscles, and tears and inflammation of tendons and ligaments.