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The Unseen Importance of a Warm Up — And How to Write Your Own

On my way to the gym. Running late. Got out of the office late. Then forgot something and had to head back really quickly. Stopped at seemingly every traffic light that has ever existed.

Surely you’ve experienced that. Do you ever skip your warm up when that happens?

How much of it do you skip? Do you even have a warm up?

There are some parts of a warm up that are absolutely essential. Then there are some things that you can use to “stack the deck”, so to speak, to ensure you’re optimizing your session.

A good warm up sets you up for a great workout.

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Conditioning Doesn’t Have to Burn: How a Meathead Used Cardio to Get Stronger

Working out is about finding a balance. Train too hard and you break down, but don’t train hard enough and you won’t get anywhere.

Those who tend to train too hard are people I call “fitness junkies”. They usually enjoy Crossfit, screaming, and a burning sensation in their muscles.

Let’s talk about why you need some easy days if you really want to get strong.

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How to Use a Heart Rate Monitor

Last updated: Oct 8, 2021

tl;dr
Use a Polar H10 sensor for most accurate heart rate tracking. It works with your phone. Consider using it with the EliteHRV app to get recovery insights. To upgrade, splurge on adding a smart watch (cheap or expensive) to get more recovery insghts.

Exercise gets more useful (not to mention more interesting) when you turn it into a science experiment.

The easiest way to do that is to get a heart rate monitor.

But there are a ton of heart rate monitors out there. And even if you have one… what are you supposed to do with it?

The process of finding and using a heart rate monitor can be complex, but it’s easier when you break it down step-by-step.

Today we’re going to talk about

  • Why you would want to use a heart rate monitor
  • Different types of heart rate monitors
  • How to use it to measure your body and tweak your training
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