Best Warm Up Exercises – Are they Important? Why?

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.

 

VIDEO 1

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.

 

 

 VIDEO 2

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.

 

 

VIDEO 3

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.

 

 

VIDEO 4

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.

 

 

VIDEO 5

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.

 

 

 

SUMMARY

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.

 

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I've been a fitness enthusiast for many years and want to encourage guys over 40 to get and stay in shape. It makes life better, and makes you look and feel better.

6 Comments

  1. As an almost 40-year-old, I still find this information very useful. I play soccer on 3 different teams, but as a goalie. Although I may not run around as much as the field players, I still have to find that right level of stretching in order to maximize my range of motion without sacrificing my burst abilities to jump and pounce. Some of these videos shed some new light that I definitely plan to incorporate into my current warm up routines. Thanks for the great share!

    • Gareth, thanks for the comments. Yes, these are good videos and I learned lots just from researching and finding them and watching them.  In this business, you’re always learning new things.

  2. This was great. Yes, I have very lazy in the past and refused to warm up myself.
    I didn’t know that the purpose of the warm up is simply to “raise the pulse”. I like this simple thought. It really sits well for me. I didn’t know how long I should warm up for. I like the idea of warming up for around 5 minutes. that sounds nice for me.
    I was just wondering what your personal favourite warm up exercises are?

    • thanks for the comments.  Yes, I like a 5 minute warm up.  Right now my warm ups are different every day depending on what body part I’m gonna work that day.  Some times my warm up is to do the exact exercise I’m going to do but do the exercise as a warm up without any weight.  

      The other thing I do sometime is just jump on a treadmill fro 5 minutes.  That raises your heart rate and gets you blood flowing.

  3. What a great and engaging series of videos. It is easy to see how important it is to warm up from these and some of the best ways to do it. I really like the last video because it gives and effective and quick warm up (I always have issues with my warm ups being long). I also like the idea that the warm up can help with form (since I am new to lifting, my form isn’t very good yet).

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