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My trainer insists on stretching before any exercise, even warming up. Should I be worried?

First off, ask your trainer how many athletes he or she has trained that have won national, regional, or international titles. Personally, my belief is that unless you have trained someone that's made ...
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Distinguish stretching from warming up?

I've read that I should do warm-up before running and stretch after running. Is that correct? Yes. Do that. Warm up by running slowly and gradually increasing the pace, or with dynamic stretching ...
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Warming up without legs

It's perfectly common to warm up your upper body by simply doing upper body work. If you're doing bench press, for instance, let your warmup consist of 5-6 lightweight, high-repetition sets of bench ...
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My trainer insists on stretching before any exercise, even warming up. Should I be worried?

Static stretching very slightly decreases the chance of injury at a strong detriment to strength. Its not necessarily wrong but if you want to lift heavy may be wrong for you. Cardio before lifting ...
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What exactly does it mean to warm up?

A warm up is often dependent on the sport. For instance, before I play soccer,i specifically warm up my legs because I know I will be using them the most. I wouldn't warm up my arms. As you stated, ...
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How can I do a better job of warming up without wearing myself out?

The way you want to warm up depends vastly on the type of sport. It's hard to tell you what you can change since you haven't added any of your current ways of warming up, but I'll give it a go. (maybe ...
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When is the best time to do farmer's walking?

The beauty of the farmer's walk is its simplicity. You can add it to any training program and make the program better. I'll do some version of a loaded carry at the end of every strength training ...
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What is this exercise called and what is it's purpose

It is a form of external rotation and works on the rotator cuff. Related exercises covers the topic in more detail, but I'll emphasize using light weights as the muscles involved are comparatively ...
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What is this exercise called and what is it's purpose

Your intuition that the muscles moving the barbell left and right are not working against gravity is correct - these are the internal and external rotators of the shoulder, and the only resistance ...
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What is the correct workout order? (I.e. warm-up, mobility work, lifts, stretches, cooling down)

This could be an entire day at a personal training conference, so forgive me if we generalize a fair amount.          General warm-up You want to go with ...
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Distinguish stretching from warming up?

You are basically looking at the difference between static stretching, which is the traditional "sit, reach and hold" type that everyone is familiar with, and dynamic stretching, which is movement ...
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Ideal warm up and cool down durations for weight training

I'm going to answer your question a little sideways because I think it's important to describe what the point of a warmup is, how it is used, and the conditions that require it to be taken more ...
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Warm up streches with diagnosed hypermobility of joints

Good question- according to the American College of Sports Medicine, a good warm up will get your heart rate to about 50-60% of maximum. This increase in HR will increase blood flow to skeletal muscle ...
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Warmup sets necessary/recommended on follow up exercises?

Warmup sets are generally recommended for compound movements. As compound movements tend to be more taxing and harder to master the movement, it's beneficial to start with a set using just the bar to ...
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Effective warm-up before weight lifting circuit

The best warm-up for lifting weights is neither 10 minutes on an elliptical nor going straight to the first exercise using low weights. Per weightlifting coach Greg Everett: When it comes to ...
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Distinguish stretching from warming up?

Warming up is performed before a performance or practice. Athletes, singers, actors and others warm up before stressing their muscles.A warm up generally consists of a gradual increase in intensity in ...
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Distinguish stretching from warming up?

Focus on performing a dynamic warm up first. It is involves activating the working muscles and taking them through a full range of motion. Running with high knees, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, ...
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Is walking a warm up?

Any form of movement that gets your blood moving in the parts of the body that you will be exercising without forcing them to exert themselves "cold" is a valid warm-up. If all you plan to do is a ...
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Warm-up for weight lifting: cardio or smaller weight reps?

No, the initial reps with lower weight are most useful for ensuring, that you perform the exercise with sufficient quality. E.g. for squats focus on maintaining a very high tension in your lower back ...
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Skateboarding After Thirty

As an over 30's (nearly 40) skate boarder, surfer, and (mainly) snowboarder, I'll take at a crack at these. Are there any signs here that I am risking injury, long or short term? Well let's be ...
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Aerobics before or after weight lifting?

What's your priority? Getting better at lifting, or running? General rule of thumb is to prioritize what is more important to you. If you want to improve your squat or bench, you should lift while you'...
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Is it possible to do too many jumping jacks, and can I do them in rest days?

Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) is a great way to intuitively gauge your workouts. RPE works on a scale of 1 - 10 with one being almost no exertion and 10 be the max exertion you can endure. For ...
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Weight exercises while taking a short break

Would it be healthy/safe to do exercises with moderate weights, like squats or deadlift during those 5 minutes without any warm up? It's not a good idea to do these exercises without warm up. ...
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Warmup exercises before running

Firstly, well done for attempting to maintain a regular running routine! I think most people these days favour dynamic stretching and drills for a warm up. You could try doing : 30secs of leg lifts ...
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My trainer insists on stretching before any exercise, even warming up. Should I be worried?

Despite some answers naysaying stretching, it depends on what physicals activities you are going to do and -- what I read -- was consistency. The people who had fewest injuries were those who either ...
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Does running serves as warm up for mild upper body gym workouts?

this is a warm up, but it is not a warm up for the specific muscle groups you are trying to train. always do a good stretch of the muscles you will be training to avoid injury. especially if you are ...
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Should the McGill "Big 3" be challenging?

I can't speak with certainty to McGill's intentions for these exercises, other than to point out that in his book Low Back Disorders 2e (2007), they are listed as beginner's remedial exercises, which ...
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Should the McGill "Big 3" be challenging?

It all really depends on you and what you want to be getting out of the workout. A warmup should be around five to ten minutes of activity to raise your body temperature a bit, prep the muscles that ...
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Why is a warm-up routine important before beginning a workout?

There are a couple of different reasons to warm up before exercise: Increased performance - When you are sitting, you do not have the same cardiac output as you would during exercise, your muscles ...
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Warmup exercises before running

If weather is worm you can walk for about 15 min after the training. That slow down allows better regeneration. Also rolling legs after training can be beneficial. If you plan to stretch before ...
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