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What’s the best method for warming up before a session?

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I understand it is important to thoroughly warm up before a gym session but what’s the best way of doing this? I know many do 10-15 minutes cardio but I read somewhere this is ineffective as you ned to warm u the muscles you’re about to use.

So would I be better off warming up doing the exercise I’m about to do but using very light weights?

asked Sep 5, 2012 in Training Program by Greg Gym Regular (835 points)  
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This is an excellent question. Your body needs to be prepared for any physical activity it undergoes. If you are planning to run a few miles, then a running warm-up is more than acceptable. Otherwise, I would stick to only a short run to prepare the cardiovascular system for a spike in the heart rate. An effective warmup is 60% of your max weight on the particular exercise for about 8-10 repetitions as the best warmup is the one that warms up the muscles that are to be used.

answered Sep 24, 2012 by JustinWeeks Gym Novice (440 points)  
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There are different ways to warm up and they're often classified into three categories: passive, general and specific. With passive warm ups, you raise the body's temperature by doing things like sitting in a hot tub or taking a hot shower. General warm ups involve increasing the heart rate and body temperature by just moving the body around. Specific warm ups mean you do similar movements to the exercises you'll be doing. Any of these can work and what you choose will often depend on what type of exercise you're doing. Passive warm ups (like taking a hot bath) can be a good choice for gentle activities such as stretching or yoga workouts. For other types of workouts, you may want to choose more activity specific warm ups.    

Depening on the type of workout you have ahead and your time constraints, this will determine which type of warm up you should use even though passive is not always best for heavy workouts.

answered Dec 31, 2012 by Gym Crazed Gym Novice (290 points)  
edited Jan 13, 2013 by Gym Crazed
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