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    Chris Hansen is offline Senior Member
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    Default When to start warmups on squats?

    At what point does it make sense to start doing warm-up sets when squatting? Like, say you have a beginner that's just squatting the bare bar. It doesn't seem like a warm up is really needed for that. Then this beginner gets stronger and adds five pounds, then ten, then twenty. At what point would you start doing some warm up sets and "ramp up" to the work sets?

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    I only work with kettlebells but I almost always drop back 1 or 2 sizes from whatever my working weight is and do a set or two as warm up. I do that for my nervous system more than my muscles. [Maybe because I am old but it feels much better that way to me.]

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    I would do 3-4 sets of low reps perhaps 3 reps. A beginner needs to practice more because a good technique ensures safety. For work sets 3-5 sets at 5-8 reps. Yes, warm ups and work sets can be done with 45lbs. Refer to www.warmupsets.com...Dennis

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    Correction to my last post: reference should be www.warmupreps.com...Dennis

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    Squats are terrific for building muscle and burning fat unless your form is terrible. Without the proper warm-up, athletes can suffer a variety of injuries to their lower back, hips, and knees. A proper warm-up should work the entire body, not just the legs.
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    I found this warm up guide which seems reasonable and pretty easy to follow.

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    Tat looks like a pretty all encompassing warm up guide, Chris. Thank you for sharing.

    Dan John said somewhere in the Internet Universe that the warmup IS the workout. I forget where it was, but he had some pretty serious warm ups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MostlyFull View Post

    Dan John said somewhere in the Internet Universe that the warmup IS the workout.
    I've read stuff which would seem to indicate that. Like the recommendation to only do one work set of deadlifts (because heavy deads take a lot out of you) and use the warm up sets to build the volume. Or the suggestion that warm up sets help increase work capacity and you can use the additional repetition to perfect your form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Hansen View Post
    At what point does it make sense to start doing warm-up sets when squatting? Like, say you have a beginner that's just squatting the bare bar. It doesn't seem like a warm up is really needed for that.
    Back to this original question--seems to me that since a total noobie will need a lot of practice grooving in the movement pattern, both for best results/highest strength gains and output, and also for safety, that they should do some amount of warm up set(s) using a length of PVC pipe or something like. And while they do that, they should be watched very closely, form fine tuning as needed, and not even touch a bare bar (which weighs considerably more) until form is locked in perfect with essentially zero weight.

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