Skipping Your Warm-Up
Heading straight from the street to the squat rack without greasing the wheels is just plain dumb. “A proper warm-up preps your body to get the maximum benefit from your activity,” says Brandon Mentore, a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Sports Nutritionist. “Most people are halfway done with their workout before they’re properly warmed up, thus missing the maximum return on their efforts. A proper warm-up consists of performing the activity you’re going to be training, but at a lower intensity.” So instead of just doing a 10-minute jog on the treadmill as a catch-all way to warm up your body, find movements that work the same muscles and joints you’ll hit during your workout.
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