Body-part split routines are a rite of passage for just about every lifter. You know, Monday chest day, Tuesday back day, Wednesday leg day etc. Most of the time, each major muscle group is targeted and hit on its own day and trained once every 7 days or so. It works. At least, it works for a while.
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The warm up is the salad of exercise. It’s not very exciting, but you know it’s good for you and you should probably have it before you get to the meat and potatoes.
Luckily, with the increased popularity of functional training, a thorough dynamic warm up is commonplace in most gyms. But there’s a good chance you’re still making a handful of warm up mistakes. And I’m not talking the obvious ones like doing a couple arm swings and half-ass toe touches.
Here are four common warm up mistakes that even more experienced lifters make: