The Warm Up: 6 Rules to Know, 3 Reasons to Do It and a Free Sample

Let’s just go ahead and say it:  nobody likes warming up. It’s that awkward period of time between arriving at the gym and starting the workout you actually want to do. It’s often somewhat boring and time-consuming and not nearly as “intense” as you want your workout to be, but it’s incredibly important.

In fact, the warm-up is probably the most overlooked aspect of just about everyone’s training regimen. For example, I made a recent trip to a larger corporate gym, and over the course of 90 minutes, I didn’t see a single person warm up.

Here’s what the normal routine looked like:

1. Enter the gym and assess surroundings.

2. Walk around for a bit listening to music or chatting with people.

3. Head straight to the dumbbell rack or bench.

4. Do a couple of toe touches and arm swings.

5. Start throwing weight around.

We all laugh because we’ve either seen it or done it ourselves, but the warm-up actually serves a crucial purpose.

Before we get into the benefits of warming up, let’s go over some basic rules for putting together a good warm-up...

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The Warm Up:  6 Rules to Know, 3 Reasons to Do It, and a Free Sample

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