Gain Muscle, Not Injuries: Reap the Benefits of Weight Lifting


The benefits of weight lifting are numerous-increased strength, bone density, and fat burning to name a few-but pumping iron can also lead to injury. According to a new study in The American Journal of Sports Medicine, weight-lifting injuries are on the rise, especially in women-most likely because weight training is becoming more popular with women.

While that's a good thing, those pesky injuries are not. So how do you reap the benefits of weight lifting without spraining something, stubbing a toe or landing in the ER?

Use these tips. Here's everything you need to know about lifting, from proper form and toning tips to safety strategies and medical advice. Added bonus: Now you can ask a cutie at the gym to "work in" and impress him with your lingo. Don't sweat hitting the weights-if you do it right, you should stay injury-free.

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