Warm up FOR cardio?

  • imaxim

    Posts: 94

    Aug 22, 2007 6:07 PM GMT
    Okay, I attempted to ask this question in another thread, but I think the meaning of it kinda got lost in all of the other discussion.

    Suppose you're getting up in the morning and going straight to the gym for a treadmill run ONLY (no weightlifting). A lot of gyms have a 30-minute limit on that equipment, particularly during 'rush' hours. However, the conventional wisdom has generally been to spend 10 minutes warming up to your target speed, and 10 minutes cooling down. That leaves you with as little as 10 minutes to run at your target speed!

    So, is there any actual advantage to 'warming up' for a treadmill-only workout? Or 'cooling down' from it? If I start at my target speed right off the top, and spend only 2 or 3 minutes cooling down at the end, am I sacrificing anything important?
  • imaxim

    Posts: 94

    Aug 22, 2007 7:08 PM GMT
    Thanks a lot for the feedback! Considering how low my current aerobic target rate is, even 3 minutes seems kind of excessive for a warmup right now, but I imagine I'll eventually get to the point where that's necessary. My cooldowns are already around the 3-minute mark, so I should be good there.
  • MSUBioNerd

    Posts: 1813

    Aug 23, 2007 5:04 PM GMT
    Well, personally, I often need more than a 3 minute cooldown to keep from cramping up, but I can do that off the equipment if I need to, just pacing the gym floor.