Hardcore workouts: Safe or dangerous?
Reality TV star Kate Wright, broke her arm during a tough fitness session
We’re all for a high-intensity workout – it gets the blood pumping, the body moving and the endorphins flowing. Former TOWIE star Kate Wright, 27, is also a fan, regularly sharing her inspiring yet brutal workouts on Instagram. But she’s out of action right now thanks to a broken arm she sustained during a bleep test.
So how do we keep ourselves safe during a hardcore workout? ‘Reduce risk of injury and focus on doing the basics well,’ advises performance coach Loui Fazakerley. Don’t panic if you’re a bit of a gym novice. Resistance machines ‘can be a good place to start as they have fixed ranges of motion which can help guide you through the correct movement’.
Loui adds, ‘If you haven’t got any experience with free weights or aren’t confident using them alone, seek the advice of a qualified personal trainer.’
And remember, sustainable results take time. ‘The take-home message is to learn the basics, take a steady, personalised and progressive approach – and gains will come!’