I know there are those of you on here who don’t think they need to warm up at the gym. I have something for you to read. I don’t know if you think you’re too strong or cool to warm up…either way; I don’t care. Just read.
" I read a really good article earlier this week written by Chris Cooper titled Warming Up to PRï¿½??s. One of my biggest pet peeves as a strength coach is when I see someone walk in, do their dynamic flexibility routine, and then walk over to the deadlift platform and load the bar up to the same weight they did the previous week without ï¿½??warming up.ï¿½?? One of the main points in the article I feel has a lot of relevance to people is the concept of interference, or, anything that limits your ability to recruit motor units.
As Cooper states, your body places a natural limiting feedback process on all muscles (controlled by the golgi tendon organ) that behaves like a speed limiter on an engine. Think of it this way. Imagine a car with an onboard computer that allows you to go faster if your brakes are well tuned or limits your top speed if your brakes are worn. The same concept applies to your body.
The key to warming up is to disinhibit your muscles ability to interfere with recruiting motor units. You canï¿½??t just load the bar up with your PR weight right off the bat. You have to gradually work up so that you allow the golgi tendon organ to slowly turn back its injury or avoidance response. The body has to be ï¿½??teasedï¿½?? its way into it. Kind of like sex with your girlfriend. Unless itï¿½??s drunk sex, then itï¿½??s fair game."~Tony Gentilcore
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Think twice and read once.