Born to become free


Your warm-up can be split into three parts and here Richard Smith, a British Military Fitness instructor, explains what we should be doing to get the most out of it.

Pulse raiser:
Initially it’s important to get the heart rate up. ‘You can do this using large muscle groups,’ he says. ‘Exercises should be low-impact and incorporate a low range of movement. At the end of the warm-up, your pulse rate should be just below the level you plan to exercise full rate at.’

Mobility: Then move about. ‘This is a section designed to help regain and enhance your normal mobility, which may have become restricted due to recent inactivity,’ he says. ‘Movements should start small and increase to full range of in all major joints.’

Dynamic stretching: Finally, there is a lot of debate over the form of stretching you should do before and after your workout. ‘There have been a number…

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