Whether it’s the treadmill, the rowing machine or weights, there is only one right way to use all of the equipment in your gym – and most gym injuries can be chalked up to using the equipment incorrectly. We’ve all seen videos of people flying off out-of-control treadmills – don’t let that be you.
There’s no excuse; most gyms have instructions for how to use the equipment displayed nearby – how to adjust the seat height, the weights (if applicable) and how to correctly position your body. This last part is particularly important because your body is only designed to move in certain ways – especially if you’re placing your arms and legs under strain. So it’s very easy to damage your muscles or connective tissue if you’re twisting, turning or contorting while pushing weights, for example. If in doubt, ask a member of staff for help.