In part one we established the scientific basis for why warm-ups are an integral part of circus practice. To summarise, a well-constructed warm-up can mentally and physically prepare you for the demands of the circus discipline(s) that follow by: increasing shell body temperature enhancing metabolic reactions and blood flow to muscles enhancing oxygen delivery speeding up the speed of nerve transmission exploiting strength and power production preparing joints to move through larger ranges of motion and to withstand more stresses and strains set the tone, get the mind in the right place, establish a suitable tempo attend to any injury that may need special attention Now let’s turn our attention to: Warm-up design It is generally agreed...
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