- Do your own workout: It's okay to be inspired by others and to push yourself a little harder than you would on your own, but listen to your body and back off if you realize you've gone too far.
- Avoid maximal lifts if you're a beginner: Testing your one rep max is tempting, especially among younger guys, but it's also the number one way young people hurt themselves. One study showed that males from 13-24 years old often injure themselves by lifting too heavy and dropping weights on themselves. You should have a strong foundation and good knowledge of proper exercise technique before you try maximal lifts.
- Approach new exercises cautiously. If you've never tried an exercise, start with light weights to get used to the movement. Too often, we feel compelled to use a heavier weight, just because we see other people doing it. That's a good way to compromise your workout and possibly injure yourself.
- Use a spotter. Always use a spotter if you're lifting very heavy weights. If you don't have one, stick with supported machines such as a Smith machine or a squat rack that allows you to safely rack the weight if it gets too heavy.
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