Warming Up Correctly

The Importance of a Dynamic Warm-up:

Warming up is a part of every training session and every athletic event.  Sometimes, because we do it so much, we forget how important it is.  Warming up properly can help prevent injury, improve balance and posture, and help you train more intensely.

A Good Warm-up can be your security blanket.  Work hard enough to break a sweat and spend this 10-20 minutes forgetting about the stresses of the outside world.  You’re here to train now.  Get in a training “zone” mentally while you warm up.

The best way to prepare for exercise is with a dynamic warm-up, instead of static stretching.  You’ll raise your body’s temperature, and get your muscles ready for the more intense work to come.  These dynamic warm-up movements also give you a great opportunity to work on balance, posture, and even lower body structural balance.

A dynamic warm-up will fire your nervous system up, too.  This gets your brain and muscles working together and firing properly before you start training hard for the day.

Start warming up properly to bring your training to a new level!  Here’s a basic warm-up that might be a good place to start, if you have a good training base.  If you’re just starting out, work up to this.  At the beginning, a dynamic warm-up can even be the whole workout, for some people.  Eventually, a warm-up like this will become a breeze and barely get you sweating.

Basic Dynamic Warmup with Crawling
Overhead Squat 3×10-
Toe touches with balance 15-20 yds. X2
Walking lunges w/rotation 15-20 yds. X2
Goose Step Leg Kicks 15-20 yds. X2
Spider Mans 15-20 yds. X2
Baby Crawl 15-20 yds. X2
Inch Worms 15-20 yds. X2
Resistance Band Side Steps x 2         Monster Walk x2                  Warrior/Cossack Lunge 2 x 10