Happy Tuesday everyone, today I have a blurb about a topic that probably seems like a joke to those that are dealing with the warm temperatures sweeping through the east, warm-ups. There are many ways to warm up before training and lifting some heavy stuff, some better than others.
There are a few questions that folks wonder about regarding warm-ups. I won’t be able to answer them fully, unless my goal is to put you to sleep, but I can give the abbreviated ones to the best of my ability.
When? This is probably the simplest answer to give, warm up before you do your training session.
Why? Again, a very easy answer, do it so you don’t get injured and to allow you to train at your best that day.
What? This is one of those answers that coaches could write books about, and they have. There are so many answers to this. I’m going to tell you right now, most of them a right too. It’s best to mix and match depending on who you are. If you like to, or find it beneficial to, do soft tissue/foam rolling, do it for sure. After that mix and matching things that work for you from the list below is what will get you readying for training;
And so much more that I’ve likely left out.
How long? When you’re first starting out training, or at least returning from a long hiatus, it can take close to 15 minutes, but it shouldn’t stay that way. As you get more familiar with your warmup and proficient with it, that should drop to 10 or maybe a hair less. Anything longer, you’re eating into what precious time you likely have to train.
There, hopefully I’ve given you a better idea of what to do before we start to pick up all the heavy things. Thanks very much for taking the time to read this and have yourself a great week!
Teach 'Em EarlyRead Now
Happy Tuesday everyone, today it's about setting good examples to the younger generations, with that I think this should be something all of us can relate to, enjoy.
We just had the 2nd biggest food consumption holiday here in America and 0.0% of people should feel shame about what they ate or drank during their celebrations (unless you stole someone’s last curly fry, then yes shame haha). Many of you know, recently I have been very much about coaching the youngsters and the reason being is I want them to learn lessons early on I wish many of us had, including myself, about exercise and nutrition. Yesterday served as a day where young people learned from the adults in their life, to have “good” and “bad” food or that they were "cheating". On the flip side, those that might be more conscious hopefully avoided those types of terms and set the example of enjoying their holiday food with no shame or guilt involved.
We all know, kids learn behaviors from us, especially at those fun teenage years where they’re really looking for guidance. If for no other reason than that right there, let’s get away from using terms like, "good", "bad", and "cheat" when it comes to eating, unless you’re referring to how good the food tastes, then wheel those words with the might they deserve.
We can talk about eating things in terms of how it helps our goals, or how it helps our mental state for the time and how ear things in moderation. If there’s a young aspiring athlete in the crowd, yes, they will have to really dial in their eating towards nutrient dense foods more often than not. Eating in such a way does not carry any moral value though, you can have the most balanced eating methods down pat and still be a complete ass bucket. Likewise, you can consume all the ice cream, cookies and chips, while still being one of everyone’s most favorite people on the planet.
So please, for the younger generations out there, can the “good”, “bad” and “cheat” food talk, it’ll save some anguish down the road. Thanks for reading everyone, have yourself a week!
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS