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    Stretching and Warming Up

    I am 39 and over the last year I have had to increase my stretching/warm up time from about 15 minutes to 30 minutes. Lower back and hip stiffness dictate how long I stretch. Whenever they loosen up, I start training. Just curious how long everyone else's warm up time is.

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    I always break a sweat first......then start stretching

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    less then 5 minutes...

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    2 minutes walking
    1-2 minutes streching

    i always starting my trainning with ligting 3 warm up sets,with the half weights of my first set,(that was very helpful to me)

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    i think less than five minutes are enough to warmup

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    0 minutes. I'm usually ready to go from doing bodyweight routines every morning and night.

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    Walk on 4.0 on the treadmill 3 minutes then 1 minute jog at 6.0 and done

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    it also takes me hardly 5 to 8 minutes to warm up the body and get ready for the workout ahead .. but in my opinion it is not to decide for others that for what the duration they must go for as they may follow the good suggestions to chose the duration for themselves as per the comfort

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    Stretching before workouts may weaken muscles, impair athletic performance: studies

    Stretching before workouts may weaken muscles, impair athletic performance: studies

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    Always start your routine with a warm-up exercise. Spend ten minutes doing a few light exercises to get your blood circulating and stretch your muscles before a more intense work out.

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    A warm-up period should begin with slow, rhythmic activities such as walking or jogging in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthonyhuber View Post
    Always start your routine with a warm-up exercise. Spend ten minutes doing a few light exercises to get your blood circulating and stretch your muscles before a more intense work out.
    Don't Stretch Before

    Warm Up

    The most specific warm up method is to start off with the light weight with the exercise you are going to preform.

    This get the blood flowing in the muscle you are going to train.

    Research shows that stretching before you workout is a bad idea.

    You decrease strength and power.

    Post Stretch

    You connective tissue is like "String Cheeze".

    It is more supple when it has been warmed up.

    Thus, stretching after you workout is better.

    Kenny Croxdale



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    I typically do about 20 min of mobility work focusing on the joints/muscles that will be used directly. For example, on squat days I work on mobilizing my hips, knees and ankles. Sometimes I will do some kind of light cardiovascular work just to get the blood flowing, mostly not though.

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    Definitely static stretching is better after workouts. Dynamic mobility and foam rolling beforehand.

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    I might be behind the game on this, but I just discovered how awesome a resouce mobility wod is. tons of useful stuff on their about stretching and increasing mobility. even though i think kelly starrett is mostly crossfit oriented, he's an extremely knowledgable physio and his stuff is universal. def check it out if you haven't yet.

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