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