17 Signs Your Trainer is Screwing Up Your Workouts

We polled five STACK Expert strength coaches to learn common mistakes that trainers make during a workout.

7) Making the Warm-Up Too Long

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7) Making the Warm-Up Too Long

Of course the pre-training routine and warm-up are essential parts of any well-rounded strength and performance program, but the overreaction to warming up in the last decade has gotten a little out of control.

For most athletes and lifters, their work capacities aren't at a high enough level where they can sustain extended warm-ups that take the better half of an hour.

When preparing to train or play, there is a sweet spot for warm-up durations.

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Of course the pre-training routine and warm-up are essential parts of any well-rounded strength and performance program, but the overreaction to warming up in the last decade has gotten a little out of control.

For most athletes and lifters, their work capacities aren't at a high enough level where they can sustain extended warm-ups that take the better half of an hour.

When preparing to train or play, there is a sweet spot for warm-up durations.

Obviously, a well-rounded warm-up primes the central nervous system, increases tissue temperatures, enhances mobility at lagging joints, and hones movement patterns that may need a little remediation.

I know that sounds like a lot of stuff to cover in a warm-up, and that's a pitfall for most strength coaches.

If you do your homework and prescribe movements and exercises that are appropriate without all the fluff, the perfect warm-up can be achieved in around 10 minutes for most athletes.

Think about that the next time you spend 45 minutes before performing your first work set.


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