Don’t be embarrassed to wear ankle or knee braces when beginning your muscle gain routine.
Often skinny guys can have weak joints because there isn’t enough muscle tissue around the joint to properly stabilize it under stress.
Lifting heavy weights can, therefore, be a recipe for injury if proper precautions aren’t taken into consideration.
Steps to Prevent Joint Injury
By following these easy steps you can prevent joint injury while your joint stabilizing muscles are getting stronger.
- Buy and wear quality wrist, knee and ankle braces when beginning weight training for the first time.
- Have a friend spot you during heavier lifts.
- Use a squat rack when doing squats or overhead lifts.
- Use machines instead of free weights to control side to side movement.
- Know your limitations, don’t try too heavy lifting too soon.
- Perform slow, controlled, and steady reps instead of fast, jerky, and uncontrolled ones.
A joint injury can put the brakes on your body building routine and can even require surgery if the injury is severe. Therefore, it’s just not worth the risk.
When Will My Joints Be Strong Enough?
As your muscles develop around the weak joints they will become stronger and more able to stabilize your body during heavy lifting or movement. This takes some time, but soon you can be less restrictive in your workout by removing braces and using more free weight exercises.
Some of the above guidelines should always be followed in order to prevent injury and keep you on the path to building solid muscle. Don’t take chances or risks with the health of your joints.
Young guys often feel invincible and take big risks at the gym or on the sports field. Many live to regret this when they end up with life-long joint problems and injuries.
Protect and strengthen your joints to ensure that you not only develop a great body, but also so it functions like it’s supposed to.