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!
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS