Before you know it, the new year will be here. Many people make a resolution involving weight loss and fitness during this time of year. If your New Year’s resolution involves going to the gym, there are some important things you need to know before your next gym workout. Here are a few of those things. 

A List of Common Gym Injuries and How to Avoid Them

There are many common injuries that you can sustain when you go to the gym and work out. Some of the most common injuries include:

  • Elbow pain
  • Foot and ankle injuries
  • Groin pain
  • Knee injuries
  • Lower back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Pectoral strain
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder and rotator cuff injuries
  • Wrist strain

Unfortunately, you cannot prevent every type of injury from occurring. However, following gym safety tips can help to minimize the odds of you sustaining an injury while working out.

Gym Safety Tips

It is important that you take steps to try to remain safe when you are working out. Here are some safety tips everyone should follow, regardless of whether they are new to the gym or go there often.

  • It is always important that you consult with a health professional before starting any diet, fitness plan or workout routine.
  • Before you start your routine, warm up. This includes stretching and slowly working your way into any cardio.
  • After your workout, take the time to cool down. This helps to relax your muscles after a strenuous workout.
  • When you are new to a gym, start slowly. Don’t take on more than you can handle or you can cause injury. Gradually build up to the level you want to be at.


  • If you don’t know how to use a machine or how to lift weights properly, ask for help. Gym staff members are there to help you.
  • Never lift weights alone. Always have a spotter to ensure your safety.
  • Always ensure someone is around when you are working out in case of injuries or emergencies.
  • Drink plenty of water. You can become dehydrated or suffer heat exhaustion, even in the winter.
  • Always be aware of what is going on around you and your surroundings.

When an Injury May Be the Gyms’ Fault

A gym is responsible to properly maintain the gym and their equipment. If the equipment was faulty, and you were injured because they allowed faulty or improperly maintained equipment to remain in use, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to recoup money for your medical expenses and injuries.

Some gym injuries are completely your fault. You may have failed to warm up properly or may have lifted more than you can handle. Other times, your injuries are caused due to improper equipment or gym maintenance. If your injuries were caused by negligence or improper maintenance, you may be entitled to compensation from the gym or gym owner. Contact Mukerji Law Firm today for a free legal consultation.