Washington: Performing a warm-up using just body weight can improve performance during exercise, according to a new study on elite athletes.An international team, led by La Trobe University, has found that performing low load gluteal muscle exercises before a work-out enhances strength and power in the lower body during exercise. For their study, researchers analysed the effect of warm-up exercises on 22 elite Australian Football League (AFL) players to enhance performance. "We found that body-weight gluteal exercises increase explosiveness in your lower half. Low load exercises of this nature are likely to be more acceptable to the athlete and coach than are protocols incorporating heavier loads due to a lower risk of fatigue and minimal equipment requirements. "A warm-up protocol involving low load exercises targeting the gluteal muscles is effective at acutely enhancing explosive power output in the lower limbs," the study`s lead author Justin Crow said.
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