It's super frustrating to be starting off on a new health and fitness journey only to get sidelined by an annoying injury. Shin splints are just such an injury for many new runners, tennis players, dancers, military recruits, and other athletes and gym-goers.
Hey, we've all been there: so completely focused on our own workout routine (as we should be!) that we let a few simple gym etiquette rules slip from our minds. Of course, this doesn't make us bad people--just humans. But like all humans, we would do well to learn from our mistakes and pass on our wisdom to generations of gym-goers after us. So, take heed--read on to learn from our erroneous ways and ensure that you don't commit one of these gym etiquette faux pas the next time you're hitting it hard at the gym!
Once upon a time, the only recognition the thoracic spine received was as a horrific deformity (a hunchback) in fairy tales or horror movies (the iconic Igor). In the latter decades of the twentieth century, knowledge of osteoporosis and the "dowager's hump" gained notoriety.
Injuries set back your gains in the gym like nothing else can—and if they’re bad enough, they can go a step further and set you back everywhere else, too. So it’s important to take every step possible to make your workouts as safe as possible, and avoid every unnecessary risk you can.