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How-To Fitness: Dynamic Warm ups

Research suggests the old school static stretching many of us learned years ago can actually make us more prone to injury during our workouts.

In the last ten years or so, a "dynamic" style of warm-up (also known as movement prep) has become a healthier standard, thanks to Athletes Performance Institute founder Mark Verstegen and other experts. 

Once I started using dynamic warm-ups in my personal routine, I found myself feeling much better during workouts. I also recovered faster. My clients have experienced similar results after applying these principles. 

Below I'll describe a ten-exercise dynamic warm-up program for the lower body along with video demonstrations.  For an ideal routine, perform 10-12 reps of each exercise in the order in which they appear below. Your whole dyamic warm-up circuit should only take about 4-6 minutes, and you'll be ready to get on with your workout.


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How Flexibility Affects Fitness

We understand the benefits of cardiovascular conditioning and resistance training, but how exactly does flexibility fit into the greater fitness picture? Whether you're becoming active again after many years of sedentary living or are working toward performance related goals, enhancing flexibility can support your fitness vision. Many of us have memories of gym class stretching, but rest assured exercise science has come a long way since then! Read on for more information about the benefits of flexibility and the variety of safe stretching techniques you can use in your workout routine.


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