If you are experiencing quite a few niggling injuries as you go to the gym more often, you may want to pay more attention to your technique. A lot of people assume that just because they are spending more time at the gym, it is a normal consequence to get injured at an increased rate. That is not the case, especially if you are only doing regular workouts and not playing a sport.
One of the telltale signs that you have bad exercise technique is that you are getting hurt during or after your sessions. Let us say that you were working on your legs, and you feel as though you have hurt your quads or hamstrings.
Now we are not talking about the regular stiffness that you feel after you work out a lot. We are talking about the pain that you feel because you pulled a muscle or ligament. Such pain is the result of bad technique.
One of the exercises that is a culprit for getting you hurt when done incorrectly is squatting. If you are incorporating more squats into your workout, make sure that you are paying attention to your squat technique.
Form Over Weight and Reps
The factor that matters the most with any exercise is your form. People think that if you are increasing the weight on your exercises every couple weeks, or you are doing a crazy amount of reps, you are succeeding. But the reality is that proper form is what will help you build muscle and get stronger. If you are cutting corners with your exercise form to lift more, you are doing it wrong.
And for an exercise like squats, it matters even more. Ensure your squatting technique is on point. You may even want to get some type of special squat device that you can stand on. These devices can help you eliminate strain on your knees and other parts of the body while you perform squats.