I typically will stretch for a few minutes and then hop on the treadmill/go outside and run a mile before strength training. I would definitely utilize some combination of stretching and light cardio before you hit the weights.
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The point of warming up before ST is to get the synovial fluid in the joints mobile, and depending on the cardio activity chosen, could do very little in that respect. Let's say you hop on the recumbent bike - gets the joints in your lower body moving, but almost nothing in the upper body. Even walking on the treadmill does not get the joints moving in the full ROM.
I suggest forgoing the cardio machines for some joint mobility dynamic stretches.
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The trainers at the gym I work at have people step on the treadmill or elliptical at an easyish pace for about 7-10 minutes before they do anything more serious... sometimes treadmill sideways or backwards
Some light cardiovascular exercise will do. You could start on the rowing machine for 5-10 minutes. You could hit the elliptical. You could do some walking lunges. I'll start with a set of push ups. But I have a 15 minute walk to the gym. That's my warm up.
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