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Stretching helps prepare body for workouts

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Grab your leg just below the knee and pull as you continue to drive the knee upward for the high knee pull.

The lunge to twist stretches the upper and lower body at the same time.

The sumo squat to reach stretches out the whole body.

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Performing dynamic stretching before your strength-training workout is a great way to prepare your body for the upcoming workload. Dynamic stretching utilizes natural movements and doesn't put your joints into forced positions as static stretching sometimes can. This makes it a great option for a pre-workout warm-up.
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    • Grab your leg just below the knee and pull as you continue to drive the knee upward for the high knee pull.
    • The lunge to twist stretches the upper and lower body at the same time.
    • The sumo squat to reach stretches out the whole body.
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