Aug 2, 2011, 1:59 AM
Registered: Jul 26, 2011
You're a personal trainer, right? Think of it like a one-rep max attempt. If someone is trying 200 lbs, they won't just do a 10-rep set of 135 lbs, and then jump to their one-rep max attempt. They'll probably be better off doing 10x135, 5x155, 3x175, 2x185 or something along those lines. (Those are kind of estimates, it's been a LONG time since I've lifted weights, especially for one-rep max.)
The majority of this is entirely correct, you would certainly perform a series of warm-up sets prior to lifting your highest weight.
However, before you lift anything, you should be spending 5-10 minutes on something like a mix of stationary bike and rowing machine, this warms up the major muscle groups that will be used in the next exercises. This is what I was referring to as the warm-up period.
When you begin lifting weights, you are no longer considered warming up, but rather are lifting, even though you would still be performing warm-up sets. Its an awkward way of phrasing, but there you have it.
So what you have is:
Ramping up period where you approach maximal effort
Either cool down, or a new exercise.
Like I said before, I'm not an amazing climber by any means, I'm just applying what I know from most other training regimes to what ceebo posted.
(This post was edited by tessien on Aug 2, 2011, 2:01 AM)