Lifting Weights… Is It Dangerous???
I recently saw a chiropractor due to some ongoing back pack that I have had since pushing my nephew around Animal Kingdom in a cheap/short umbrella stroller for 8 hours. In my 15 years of lifting weights, I have been to a chiropractor, who was close friend, a few times. Mostly for muscular issues, and sometimes for being out of alignment. Nothing ever too serious.
Last week, this new doctor that I saw told me, “Lifting weights, squatting, and deadlifting were some of the worst things I could do for my body.” He said, “You need to focus on stretching, and just use bands when you work out.” I found this seriously laughable. When I asked him if he had ever deadlifted, he said, “No, but somehow 80% of the injuries I see are from people deadlifting and squatting.” I then asked him, if these people were being coach by a professional, or were they doing it on their own? He replied, “They were doing it on their own with incorrect technique.”
BINGO – that’s what I was looking for… “on their own with incorrect technique.”
I’ll be the first one to admit that lifting heavy is dangerous. You can seriously injure yourself if you don’t know what are doing. But, as a fitness professional who has studied movement and has coached hundreds of athletes, it is safe to say that it is more dangerous if you are just sitting on your ass, versus lifting heavy and training hard. According to physics and human biology, lifting heavy will not only strengthen your muscles to support your skeletal system, but it will also increase bone density. Personally, my body feels the best after grueling workouts which include heavy squats, deadlifts, and presses. In turn, these things allow me to be healthy, fit, and live an active life. Over the years, I’ve consulted with Physical Therapists, and Chiropractors who all agree that you should be lifting heavy as long you are focusing on good movement quality.
I am happy to say that my back pain has improved. I’ve changed my mattress, I’m drinking more water, and I’m focusing on putting my body in the right positions throughout the day. And, I have not been back to the Chiropractor that told me not to deadlift.
At Celebration CrossFit, our number one priority is our athletes’ safety. We are constantly ensure that our athletes are moving properly, and are using the correct load for certain movements. We require all new athletes to start with a movement screening. From there, they move onto Personal Training before they go into an actual group class. We do this so our Coaches become familiar with the athlete, their personality, and their movement patterns. This allows our coaches to preform to the best of their ability, and it ensures the athlete feels empowered during each workout.
TIP: If you are looking for a new gym, and the coach/program doesn’t require a movement screening, or, at the very least, a workout history review, then you may be in the wrong place.
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