The following are general guidelines. They are not rules that must always be followed.
Always understand that the goals of a good warm-up protocol are as follows:
- To properly stimulate the central nervous system (CNS) so that you encourage it to recruit as many muscle fibers as possible. This will maximize performance and minimize the risk of injury.
- To do so (stimulate the CNS) without inducing muscle fatigue.
These goals are accomplished by ramping up in weight as you simultaneously reduce the number of reps per set. The reps listed in these charts are generally guidelines. You may find moving them up or down feels better for a certain lift, muscle group, or because of an injury history.
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