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.