Adding Weights to Cooldowns?

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    Adding Weights to Cooldowns?

    One of my favourite things to do with my workouts is to add more "omph" to them by suping up the exercise, whether it be by adding dumbbells, wearing wrist/ankle weights while doing certain moves, or doing decline versions of certain exercises to make them more challenging. I've gradually been adding these to more and more of what I do, whether it be with my main workouts, Daily Dares, or even warmups. The next thing in line that I would add this to by process of elimination are my cooldowns, but out of everything, this honestly seems the most unusual and I wasn't sure if it was a good idea. I was guessing I should maybe just keep my cooldowns bodyweight and not modify any of the moves, because they're pretty much always stretching and designed to be light and easy on the muscles. But honestly, I'm kind of at the point where I'm so hooked on suping up my exercising that I like to do it with everything, kind of like how the ninja turtles eat pizza so much they put anything on it as a topping lol, so I just wanted to make sure I was right about leaving it out before I blew off the idea entirely.

    Anyway though, I'd like to get some second opinions on this, and if there is a way to supe up cooldowns somehow, I'd love to hear about it, so let me know what you guys think .

    #2
    Well i think this depends on your level of experience, but i would say if you do include cooldowns then you prolly want to keep them light for its kinda the purpose, to settle the body down. If you have some more experience with exercise (so you know when to add this safely) i would suggest adding finishers- micro hiits, intensity circuits etc. A shameless plug in check my thread if you wanna have some ideas about them 😆

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      #3
      TheGrayLynx I see. I'd say I'm at a reasonably advanced level when it comes to my experience, so I should be able to figure out how to add this safely without too much of a problem. Honestly though, things like ending a workout with something like micro H.I.I.T isn't really my thing. I'd prefer to just stick with stretching/yoga, or light moves that serve a similar purpose, like bridges. What do you think of the idea of adding weights to those, or maybe using other methods to increase the difficulty?

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        #4
        I have no real experience with yoga, so cant really comment on that but i would not personally add weights to stretching/cooldown, i would prefer just to amp up main workout if i had extra energy left after the session

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          #5
          Joseph MacDonald I really appreciate your enthusiasm here. I will add a word of caution and a scientific explanation. Cooldowns are designed to allow the body to begin the healing process after a workout when muscles are de-strengthened (otherwise we'd just call the cooldown another exercise and carry on). So, adding weights to them places additional strain on the body that will either make the healing process slower or risk aggravating muscles and tendons that are already partially inflammed because of exercise.

          In addition (and this is the more sciency part) cooldowns bring in and engage the muscles and tendons at joint angles that we don't usually fully engage during exercise because of the additional pressure they generate at the joint itself. Add weights to the cooldown and you bring considerable pressure to bear on the joint, even at low speeds of execution. So, they're not advisable.

          I hope this adds some clarity to what you asked.

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            #6
            Damer I'm glad to hear that . Now that I've read that explanation, that makes perfect sense to me. I'll definitely make sure to steer clear of adding weights to my warmups in that case then. I think maybe I'll just increase the weights in my main workout as my next progression instead then. Probably by switching from 15 to 20-pound dumbbells.

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              #7
              Brilliant! Joseph MacDonald any follow up questions just bring them into the thread and tag me please. Your journey parallels that of many others here. As you progress and your knowledge increases so does theirs.

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