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    hello, new to this fourm. I did a search but could not find anything on this. I have noticed when i go play that sometimes there are players at my local gym that wear sweaters when they are warming up, and ive been wondering what do they do this? is it to keep warm like keep the body warm or something? and also they wear them when the finish a game same reason to keep their bodies warm and not cool down? or is there some other reason or just no reason at all? i hope you can answer this question for me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by smash_vixen
    I have noticed when i go play that sometimes there are players at my local gym that wear sweaters when they are warming up, and ive been wondering what do they do this?
    I do this when it's too cold to do warmups. I don't know whether there's any other reasons for it, I usually warm up without these.

    Quote Originally Posted by smash_vixen
    they wear them when the finish a game same reason to keep their bodies warm and not cool down?
    Any time you need a sweater to go to the gym = cold weather.
    Now cold weather+sweating bodies do not mix

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    I usually play in an Under Armour microfiber/polyester tank top. I wear a loose fit microfiber/polyester performance shirt over it at all times except during the game. I do this to keep warm.

    Warm-up is critical and many times taken for granted. All it takes is just one time and you can pull a muscle or worse tear something...it's happened to me so I take warm-up very seriously.

    I don't play until I'm adequately warmed-up.

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    If you play a high intensity match without warming up you will get tired quickly. Or feel more tired earlier. Also warming up helps a lot late in tournaments when you are bound to feel sore. Depending on my body temp, how warm or cold I feel, I sometimes wear sweats while warming up.

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    what are you warm-up routines? stretch before or after warm-up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunofabeach
    what are you warm-up routines? stretch before or after warm-up?
    Generally, I start off stretching every major part of my body for a total of about 5 minutes. Then I slowly jump up and down, side to side. Once I get my heart rate going, I'll do slow to moderate footwork drills for a minute or so. Then I start hitting, start with clears about 20 or so to get the muscles looser, then drives/smash, drops. Finally, about 2 minutes before the games starts, I stretch my leg muscles again. Something like that.

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    For warm ups, I usually do light static stretching and drive rallies then gradually do more movement induced shots like clears and slow drops. The more important part for me would be the warm-down after games: light footwork drills, swing practice followed by static stretch down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cappy75
    The more important part for me would be the warm-down after games: light footwork drills, swing practice followed by static stretch down.
    Agree, post game warm-down is important but for me, usually, I just lay on the bench and pass out next to my Powerade.

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    Its no harm doing warm ups the way you're used to so long as it doesn't adversely affect your subsequent performance on court.

    When I was very much younger in my early twenties, we had a PE lecturer, who was once Singapore's National Football (soccer) coach, teaching us to warm up our bodies through a series of exercises that will increase our heart rate like start running on the spot, jumping with outstreched arms and legs, etc - basically to move our limbs.

    Then we will proceed to do some stretching exercises like trunk (at the waist) bending forward to try to reach your toes with your fingers, truck rotation, bending your trunk sideways to reach as low as possible with our fingers, neck rotation, using your arms as though you're holding a bow and arrow and pull the 'imaginary" bow strings as far back as possible and shoot. Actually, one can conjure up exercises, be they stretching, movement, etc that will help to move your joints and muscles without too much strain.

    Presumably this is to help in agility, flexibility, dexterity, strength, speed and lots others that can help increase your physical fitness attributes.

    But I was recently advised against overdoing pre-match warm-ups to the point where you may lose those qualities that are much needed in a tough competition. What it means is that you should not overstretch your muscles such that they will lose their elasticity thereby causing you to underperform later.

    Yes, warm up your body first, say by slowly running round the court to work up your heart rate, so as not to injure your muscles when you do stetching exercises subsequently. But reduce the repetitions and time spent on your exercises.

    A more efficient way seems to be to perform shadow badminton with your racket on the court itself or in an adequate space available. You pretend that you are now sparring with an opponent and you execute the real badminton strokes required to outwit him. A variety of strokes from overhead to underhand, clears to drops, smashes to drives, crosses to net play, on all four corners of the court, up and down, horizontally and diagonally. I'm sure this will give you a really good warm-up before you play your match. And in so doing, you also rehearse the likely strokes that you will subsequently use against your opponent. You can even create new moves of deception and disguise and imagine that you have finally fooled your opponent.

    Visualization and imagery have a role to play too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loh
    But I was recently advised against overdoing pre-match warm-ups to the point where you may lose those qualities that are much needed in a tough competition. What it means is that you should not overstretch your muscles such that they will lose their elasticity thereby causing you to underperform later.
    I extremely, highly doubt anyone here is saying to overdo it with pre-game warm-ups.

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    I don't do warm-up anymore. I walk 1 km and climb a total of 7 stories before I reach the badminton courts, by which time my body is thoroughly warmed up. So I see no point and also no differences in whether I do more warm-ups or not before start of play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taneepak
    I don't do warm-up anymore. I walk 1 km and climb a total of 7 stories before I reach the badminton courts, by which time my body is thoroughly warmed up. So I see no point and also no differences in whether I do more warm-ups or not before start of play.
    Well, if I had to do that in order to get to The Club, I would not need any warm-up either...because I'd be really warm. Either that or worn out.

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    I run and bike 30 minutes before games. Very light weights also helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smash_vixen
    hello, new to this fourm. I did a search but could not find anything on this. I have noticed when i go play that sometimes there are players at my local gym that wear sweaters when they are warming up, and ive been wondering what do they do this? is it to keep warm like keep the body warm or something? and also they wear them when the finish a game same reason to keep their bodies warm and not cool down? or is there some other reason or just no reason at all? i hope you can answer this question for me...

    i warm up the same way with trackpants and sweater over my shorts and tshirt......i find it helps to get the body warmed up faster..and after matches its the same thing.......i find it keeps the body warmer longer......its what im used to and i find it works

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