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27 June 2011

Shorter, less intense warm-ups best

Most athletes will attest to the importance of warming up before a competition, but warm-ups that are too rigorous can hurt an athlete's performance, a new study indicates.

Most athletes will attest to the importance of warming up before a competition, but warm-ups that are too rigorous can hurt an athlete's performance, a new study indicates.

The cyclists participated in two warm-ups: a longer, traditional warm-up lasting 50 minutes in which they reached 95% of their maximal heart rates and a shorter, 15-minute warm-up that enabled the cyclists to reach only 70% of their maximal heart rates. Researchers measured the cyclists' muscle contractile response and peak power output before, during and after the warm-ups.

 
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