Jul 26, 2008 12:33 PM GMT
What warm-up exercise do you do before strength training/weight lifting? And, for what duration?
BoarderX saidIf I'm going to be doing Olympic lifts or other compound exercises, I try to make sure to do warm-ups that engage the central nervous system (CNS), as opposed to a bike/treadmill/climber warm-up that moves blood around effectively but doesn't prep well for the actual workout (especially upper body/core). Might be quick circuits of burpees, jumping jacks, and one or two other calisthenic-style movements, or, as has already been suggested, very low weight versions of compound lifts. For me, the key is to (1) get the heart going, (2) spark the CNS into action, and (3) prep (and lightly stretch) the specific muscles, tendons, and joints for work.