It’s so easy to skip a warm up before your workout. I used to actively ignore warming up because I thought it was a complete waste of time. I was the guy at boot camp who refused to warm up. I thought it was a complete waste of time.
So is it a waste of time? Taking the time to warm up?
Let’s explore the issue with some of the best trainers in the business. I’m going to present a couple of their view points on the subject and let you decide what is best for you.
Here’s an introduction to the subject and some great science presented in an easy-to-understand manner. We’ll start with this one so you get the gist of what the issues are with warming up before you do you exercise.
This is one of the best trainers online and he has a distinct view of warmups. He has a very particular approach that he’s proved works for him and the folks who train with him. Consider this as a valid way to look at how to warm up before you perform your workout.
Try this and see if it works for you.
This is a strength coach for a high school sports team that describes his views on warm-ups, cool-downs and other related issues. His opinion has developed from a very particular segment of the workout arena.
This is a good summary of what’s involved in preparing his teams for getting the proper preparation before their games or before a team workout.
A very well-presented video by a great trainer on the subject of what’s important with warm-ups and some details about the difference between general and specific warm-ups.
I like that he talks about the “outcome” not the exercise as the desired result. He has a specific way he talks about what he uses to warm up for each exercise. Try his technique. He has proved this over time.
Here is an example of an actual under-4 minute warm-up that you can use before your next workout. Like any good warm-up, it engages all the major muscles of your body. It also gets your heart rate up so blood is flowing freely to all your muscles.
You may be like I was years ago and didn’t think that warming up was important, necessary or simply a waste of time. It’s not.
Warming up contributes more than you can imagine to the overall success you’ll have at the gym. It can increase your workout effectiveness by 20%. It can also keep you from getting injured by getting your muscles ready for more stress – your workout.
Try some of these warm-up suggestions, from the above videos, and see if you don’t start seeing some increased benefits from your workouts.
See you at the gym.