In his professional life, Anthony Courcy leads as restaurant general manager and training coach with KFC Restaurants. An avid power lifter in his free time, Anthony Courcy also enjoys teaching the sport to young competitors.
Regardless of level, all weight lifters must pay careful attention to safety in order to avoid serious injury. This begins with the learning of correct technique through a qualified instructor, who can teach not only how to perform each exercise, but also which exercises to perform to accomplish specific goals. Once the lifter has learned proper form for each exercise, he must practice it throughout every workout.
When working out, lifters should also remember to maintain a safe speed. Experts recommend two seconds for the lift and three seconds for lowering, as the latter requires more time to occur safely. Speed should remain steady throughout the lift, as jerking or tugging motions can not only reduce effectiveness but also create harmful force in the joints.
Finally, no weight lifting session should begin without a proper warm-up. Basic calisthenics and dynamic stretches help to prepare the muscles, though lifters should work their way up to their heaviest weights rather than start with the most difficult lifts. Stretching after the workout further preserves the muscles and helps to prevent injury-related disruption to the workout routine.