Saturday, August 16, 2014
Warm ups and favorites

By Tony Wagner Citizen Columnist

Dear Mr. Fitness:

I had to cut my workout session one morning when another appointment arose. I returned to the gym in the afternoon and finished it up. After those several hours, do I have to do a warm-up regimen all over again? I just went back to what I was doing that morning. These were all upper-body exercises.

-- Broken-up

Dear Broken-up:

If that many hours have passed, then indeed you must do your warm-up regimen prior to doing your reworkout. I would imagine you would have cooled off quite a bit. Basically, you are beginning a new exercise program. It would be prudent to get those muscles ready to work by warming them up properly to reduce your risk of injury and receive maximum benefit from the exercise program. Muscles have been shown to stretch quite extensively when they are warmed. Trying to jump in and go right back to what you were doing earlier in the day would be dangerous. Always do your warm ups!

-- Mr. Fitness

Dear Mr. Fitness:

What are your favorite exercises? I assume you are still working out. What are your least favorite exercises? Some of the exercises I do I just can't stand. I wonder if the pros just do all of them and love it all.

-- Just wondering

Dear Just wondering:

Your assumption is correct. I still exercise. Believe me, the pros don't love all the movements out there. But I do have some favorite exercises. I really enjoyed doing bench presses. Since I tore my pectoral muscle, I cannot handle the poundage that did make this exercise truly satisfying. It was fun because it was easy and you could experience instant satisfaction.

Currently, I enjoy standing barbell curls along with lying triceps extensions. Those two exercises can be the only exercises you need to really pump the old arms up! If I had only two exercises for arms, it would be these two. I also find heavy deadlifts highly rewarding. Again, instant satisfaction.

I like squats, I think because they work so well. Not too many people do them because they are hard, but they work. I don't like doing hack squats and having to train abdominals. Hack squats are tough. Ab work, specifically, hanging leg raises, is the worst! But I suck it up and do them anyway!

There you have it! My best and worst!

-- Mr. Fitness

Tony Wagner, aka Mr. Fitness, has more than 30 years of fitness and nutritional expertise. A certified personal trainer and fitness author, he has helped thousands of people get into and stay in shape. Contact him at, and come visit at Bodyzone Fitness Center, 2740 N. Roosevelt Blvd., 292-2930.