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about it, how many people do you see walk into the gym and immediatelystart their workout? Too many! You know the type of guy I’m talking about.They walk in, do a couple arm circles, maybe a couple horizontal arm swingsand boom – load up 135lbs to the bar.As you can guess, this is not the best way to handle business. I know, partlybecause I did it for years. Skipping the warm up is one of the many mistakes Imade as a novice lifter. I was young, weak and didn’t know any better. Itwasn’t until I started looking at optimizing my entire routine did I start payingattention to what I needed to accomplish in order to properly warm up.Warming up is not “sexy” but it’s a very important part of the workoutprocess. It can either enhance or diminish your ability to optimally performthe workouts. Let’s face it, we live sedentary lives and sit in bad positions forhours on end. Because of this, our muscles get tight and prone to injury. Not
226 Week Bench Press ProgramOne of the most important benefits of the general warm up is to literally“warm up”. Come into the gym and get moving, raise core temperature and geta little sweat going. Do some jump rope, push a prowler, use a concept 2rower, walk on a treadmill or get on an air dyne for about 5 minutes.