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Pump up your warm up with resistance tubing!
Warming up before doing heavy weights lifting movements is as much important as the core of the workout.
Using resistance tubing is an efficient way to stretch your muscles and prepare them for more strenuous exercises. It's perfect for beginners, fitness enthusiasts and even advance lifters. Doing your warm up with resistance tubing has many benefits:
Makes the muscles and joints less prone to injury
Warms the muscles for the workout so they can contract with greater intensity
Increases muscles blood flow
Help to supply adequate blood flow to the heart
Choosing the right equipment
There are many types of resistance tubing on the market and you should be cautious before buying. Many are made of cheap materials or use anchors that can't sustain heavy stretching.
The ones with tiny wooden balls placed inside the tube to retain the handles aren't recommended. They snap very easily and could be very hazardous for frequent using. Also, you can't adjust the length of the tube for better resistance and handling.
I personally use the Everlast resistance tubing kit. For a reasonable price, it offers sturdy quality, three different tubes for levels of resistance up to 55 lbs and well-designed handles. The equipment is simple: two handles linked by the tubing.
The mechanism of the handles allows the user to adjust the length of the tubing and is also very secure. The handles squeeze the tubing in a horseshoe shape, making it more stable and prevent tearing. With this feature, you can stretch the tubing without worrying about severing it; thus giving more range of motion to your movements.
To perform most movements, you simply stand on the center of the tubing with your feet shoulder-width apart and grasp the handles. For the back and chest exercises, I wrap the tubing around the posts of the weight bench. It is a secure method and works very well.
For my warm up, I like to do 5 sets of 15 repetitions for each body part I'm training. I keep a moderate pace and really squeeze out the muscles at the top of the movement to engorge them with blood.
Here's a list of exercises to do with resistance tubing that will break the routine of your warm up and literally pump it up!
Biceps: Cross body hammer curls - Reverse curls regular curls
Triceps: two-arms extensions kickbacks
Shoulders: Upright rows side lateral raises
Back: Seated rows pronated, supinated and hammer grips
Chest: Seated/machine bench presses
Legs: Squats - deadlifts
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