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  • Do any DC'ers do "warm-up" Cardio before a workout?

    Sorry, another stupid question:

    I've heard a lot of lifters who believe in it, and a lot who don't. I'm not talking about off-day cardio, I'm talking about a 5-minute-or-so cardio session before lifting.

    I will usually do about 4-5 minutes on a treadmill at about 5.5 MPH to get my HR up.

    I guess the question is: is there any real point to this? Considering in DC the number of warm-up sets before a "real" RP set - does a little cardio help at all or not, in anyone's opinion?

    It seems that, if you read Flex magazine, for example, about half of the pros do warm-up cardio, and half don't...

    Thanks a lot for the help!

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    When I stated pushing more weight and when I felt like I had to do 100 sets to warm up for my first actual RP set or SS on squats or something I would always do about 5 mins on the elliptical or something.

    It helps a lot if you have trouble getting warmed up and stretched out.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by fade View Post
      When I stated pushing more weight and when I felt like I had to do 100 sets to warm up for my first actual RP set or SS on squats or something I would always do about 5 mins on the elliptical or something.

      It helps a lot if you have trouble getting warmed up and stretched out.
      Thanks a lot for the perspective, Fade. If you're doing it, then I probably can't go wrong do it, too.

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      • #4
        I see a lot of people doing this and if it helps then do it. I usually just do about 300-500 jumps with my trusty jump rope and then move into PVC rolling and dynamic mobility stuff. I would especially focus on the last two though, when I'm short on time I'd rather skip the cardio than skip mobility work and SMR.
        Disclaimer: I am not a DC trainee/expert/guru/coach, anything I say is purely my opinion based on experience and research I've read

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        • #5
          I'm not doing DC. I'm not sure why it would matter what type of bb program your doing to answer this question, but I have started to do warm up cardio every workout during my precontest and have noticed improved performance. I think I will keep this up in the offseason. Right now I'm doing 15 minutes. 5 minutes is really slow walking, then I slowing ramp it up until I'm doing a somewhat fast walk on the last few minutes. I finish with a slow pace. My joints feel much looser and I've actually gotten stronger, so it hasn't hurt me. Just make sure it's a warm up and not a workout. Some people might think this is too long, but I'm really not sure 5 minutes is long enough to warm anything up and if you can't do 10-15 minutes you either have time limitations or your very out of shape. As Skip would say, Just Sayn'.
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          • #6
            Always do 5 mins. on elliptical pre WO.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by FNP90 View Post
              Thanks a lot for the perspective, Fade. If you're doing it, then I probably can't go wrong do it, too.
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              • #8
                Thanks very much, guys. I think that I will stick with it, since it sounds like many of you warm-up in one way or another.

                I think Doberman's point of "Just make sure it's a warm up and not a workout" is excellent - sometimes I get off the treadmill tired as hell and wonder why I just did all that running before doing the REAL work of my work-out. I think maybe I need to back off a little, so it's just a warm-up.

                Thanks again for the help.

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                • #9
                  Probably doesn't matter anymore, but I thought I'd give my input. I don't know if it's just placebo or something, but when I get a nice easy five minute run in before my workouts I always seem to have a longer, better, heavier weight workout. It's probably just placebo, but I think it's a great warm up.

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