Proper form is key to avoiding injury. Consult with a health and fitness professional before beginning any new exercise routine.
Before beginning any fitness program, you should obtain a complete physical examination from your physician. When using exercise equipment or participating in a training program, you should always take basic precautions. If you do not understand how to operate a piece of equipment, ask someone from the facility such as a trainer to demonstrate how to use it and explain any safety instructions. Additionally, use the equipment only for its intended purpose. Do not use accessory attachments that are not recommended by the manufacturer, as such attachments may cause injuries. Wear proper exercise clothing and shoes for your workout - no loose clothing. Do not overexert yourself or work to exhaustion. Use reasonable judgement when working on equipment. Avoid using excessive weight, which may cause injury. If you feel pain, faintness, dizziness, or abnormal symptoms, stop exercising immediately and consult your physician. Read all posted instructions on each piece of equipment, including all safety instructions and warnings.