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How many warm-up sets should I do when lifting weights for soccer training?

A good guideline to follow when determining the number of warm-up sets to complete for a weight lifting exercise is to perform one warm-up set for every hundred pounds you are going to lift in your working sets.  For example, if you are going to squat 200 pounds, be sure to perform two warm-up sets before you lift 200 pounds for your first working set.  If you are going to lift 250 pounds perform three warm-up sets prior to your first working set.  Also, before you begin the resistance training portion of your workout, perform a dynamic warm-up, some bodyweight exercises, and an explosive exercise.  For instance, if you are going to squat during your resistance training, perform a set of lunges, a set of overhead squats, and a few box jumps before you perform your first warm-up set.   

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