E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork demonstrates alternatives to one of the most common mistakes made at the gym, and shares simple workout tips.
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Male Speaker1: I do love going to the gym. But I constantly see people putting themselves at risk. Another don't, don't do shoulder military presses behind your neck or pull down behind your neck. It can place unnecessary strain on the cervical spine. And it can potentially injure your shoulder joint. Instead do them in front. A better option, just use dumbbells. Bottom line, use shoulder presses in front not behind your neck. So I have a confession when I tape that the other day. I actually was doing shoulder press and I tweet my back and ever since I like guys I need a back massage. Male Speaker2: Did you warm up? Male Speaker1: No. And that's another thing I didn't say in that piece. I walked in there and threw on acting like I was working out and I did it. And half way I was like--. Male Speaker2: Were you using a reasonable amount of weight? Male Speaker1: I was. Male Speaker3: Better a year ago, I was started up in the gym doing a new exercise. Basically I was doing curls. I never did curls. I started with too much weight. And I injured my elbow and I had to go for a good month or so. I had to take that basically stop. Male Speaker1: But the one thing that I didn't say in that video that you hit on is always warm up before you work out. Don't ever use weights that are too heavy for you because what I do see a lot of people doing is they use too heavier weights and they use the wrong form. And that puts them in double risks for serious injury. And if you are looking for weights that are too heavy for you. You can be out for a year, tendonitis or other injury. Male Speaker3: And I started to do something you taught me, I ride my bike to the gym and that's my warm up. Male Speaker1: I have said this before. Will someone back me up here? Doesn't it seem a little bit silly to drive all the way to the gym? And then you get to the gym. You hop on a trade mill or you hop on a bike. There are a lot of people lives like a half a mile from the gym. They could just jog to the gym. Female Speaker: But you have other things to do but you have other things to do after the gym. You have to go pick up the kids. You got to go run areas. You got to whatever. He means you waste all that time running home. Male Speaker1: No, you are saving time. You are saving time. You are going to the gym. You are just going to sit there and run. And you could have saved how ever much time it took to find the parking space, pay for parking. You just don't like riding your bike. Admit it. Female Speaker: I just have stuff to do. Male Speaker1: I actually think walking around to the gym saves time.