While exercising, staying injury free is the best way to continue to make progress. While injuries do happen, there are some things that you can do to avoid them: 1) Stretch: Short, tight and tense muscles are a recipe for disaster. Stretching will help release the tension and lengthen the muscles, reducing the likelihood for injury. 2) Get Treatment: Seeing a therapist will help find the source of pain and eliminate it. Just make sure you get a good therapist! 3) Improve on Weaknesses: Your body will naturally have imbalances. However training weaker muscle groups is beneficial to reduce the likelihood of injury. Stronger muscles will compensate for weaker ones. Stressing these muscles over time can lead to injury. Use these strategies to stay injury free during your lifting!