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If You're Not Doing This, You're Not Getting an Effective Workout

Mar 19 2014 - 5:08pm

Let's be honest: warming up before a workout can seem like a waste of time, especially if you're already short on precious minutes. But if you want to see results faster, you need to warm up before you power through a workout.

Trainer Todd Durkin [1], who counts professional athletes among his beefy clients, says that building a strong, lean body boils down to preparing your joints for a workout. "If you want to build a strong monument, you've got to have a great foundation. Joint integrity is the foundation on which you can build your monument," he recently told me at the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA [2]) conference, where he appeared as a Cybex [3] fitness equipment spokesperson. That means ensuring attention is paid to knees, ankles, and shoulders, as well as the small stabilizing muscles that surround them, by warming up adequately.

For an hourlong session, 30 seconds of halfhearted jogging isn't going to cut it: Todd instead recommends eight to 12 minutes of warming up before ramping up the intensity. This will help prevent injuries that can sideline you from meeting your goals. Prior to getting into it, do a mix of movements to get your body and mind primed for workouts, Todd says. Try these warmup ideas:


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