This isn't really a "yes or no" question. I don't feel the need to warm up, as shugging sort of warms me up as I get going with it. On the other hand, depending on your level of fitness, strength, flexibility, etc., you might want to limber up a bit before starting your shovelglove session. I also don't find it necessary to cool down afterwards... if you do, then do.
In the beginning, I suggest erring on the side of caution... warm up a little before shugging, get acquainted with the movements and pacing of the workout, and go from there. Have fun ! _________________ Male, age 39, 5' 11".
12 July, 2016 - 235#.
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Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:00 am Post subject:
Probably couldn't hurt, but 14 minutes is all I can consistently bring myself to spare, and that would put me over the edge.
I have to say I've been surprised though at how "safe" shovelglove has been for me over these 14 years. I've never once injured myself, which is far more than I can say for my attempts at running. Maybe it's the reverse of that psychological seatbelt/airbag effect that makes people more likely to have car accidents: because swinging around a sledgehammer is so obviously dangerous, it's hard not to be careful.
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