For upper-body warm-ups, stretch multiple muscles at once

March 6, 2015 8:38 PM

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Although athletes and coaches often swear by stretching, many common pre-workout routines may not actually enhance performance, said lead author Matt McCrary, a master’s degree candidate at the University of Sydney.

Higher load dynamic warm-ups are "the best bet" in most situations, said McCrary. For the upper body, these include push-ups, dumbbell back flys, and resisted lateral raises, he told Reuters Health by email.

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