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dumbbell safetyNot everyone practices dumbbell safety techniques. However, it is actually extremely important to have dumbbell safety techniques down before you do any lifting. Even if you are only lifting a small bit of weight, you could still injure yourself if you do not properly follow dumbbell safety guidelines.

One of the reasons why people choose dumbbells over weight machines (besides the fact that they are so much less expensive) is because of the free range of motion that they allow the lifter. Of course, it is this free range of motion that can sometimes cause the lifter to lose sight of proper dumbbell safety.

Here are some dumbbell safety rules that you should always follow, whenever you are lifting:

• Always lift with your legs, not your back.
• Enlist a person to spot you – it does not matter how light or heavy the weights, you should always have a spotter. Make a habit of going to the gym with a friend who can spot you – it provides a safer and more fun environment.
• Warm up and then stretch before you start your lifting routine.
• If you are just starting to lift weights, higher a personal trainer to help ensure that you are lifting weights properly and that you are following the correct motions. It is best to start out with good habits from early on. Everyone know that bad habits die hard!
• If you start to feel any pain, stop. Lessen the weights and/or your repetitions. If the pain continues, stop. You can try again the next day, but at the first sign of pain, stop. If the pain persists, see a doctor. And if the pain is excruciating at any point, be sure to see a doctor.
• It is also a good idea to consult with a doctor and/or a professional trainer any time that you plan on changing or upping your routine, especially if you have had injuries in the past.
• If you are going to start a new exercise, do not immediately start out with the heaviest weights! Instead, start out with lighter weights and learn how to go through the motions properly before you step up to some heavier weights.

Again, it can not be emphasized enough how important it is to follow proper dumbbell safety guidelines. Think of it this way: if you do not follow dumbbell safety rules now, you may not be able to in the future, either (meaning that you may not be able to lift because of injury).

That being said, lifting weights can be a very effective means of exercise, especially when used in conjunction with a cardio and stretching routine.

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