Cook the Bird to the Bone- Validation

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The major finding of this study was a significant increase in muscular power both with time of day and with an active warm-up, with no interaction effect between these two factors.

-Racinais et al

About 8 years ago I had the pleasure of listening to John Smith talk about sprinting at the MSTCA clinic and he was a pleasure to listen to. Sitting next to me was Randy Gillon from Michigan State University and the phrase cook the bird to the bone jumped out on me and I decided to write a PDF on warming up for speed training. The PDF I wrote was nice, but if I had to do it again I would have included the study on core and muscle temperature and diurnal timing of performance.

I have found that you can’t rush warm-ups, and no matter how great you think you are prepared to train or compete you must pay the piper time wise and warm-up gradually and slowly. I find it interesting that the most simple of principals is violated every day with some circles. If the athlete doesn’t sweat profusely do you really think the intra-articular areas are ready? Heat doesn’t guarantee being free of injuries but it does at least give you a chance as a poorer performing muscle isn’t going to help. Cook the bird to the bone.
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Carl Valle

Carl Valle

Track & Field Coach
Carl is an expert coach who has produced champions in swimming, track and numerous other sports. He is one of the foremost experts in the fields of nutrition and restoration.
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