I can't count the times I have seen members walk into the gym, hang up their coat and keys, and immediately begin lifting heavy weight.
With busy schedules it can be difficult to fit in a solid workout, so it's common to skip a warm up. This can be problematic as your muscles and joints are cold and tight making them more vulnerable to injury.
For optimal performance and the prevention of injury take a few extra minutes and prepare your body for your workout.
A proper warm up:
* Slowly increases your body temperature.
* Allows your muscles and joints to loosen and allow for optimal movement which will help with proper form.
* Can activate your muscles and central nervous system for ideal mind body connection helping you put forth your best effort!
* Can help prevent injury.
There are several methods that will safely prep your body for your workout.
I personally utilize dynamic warm ups most frequently in my clients as well as my own workouts. These warm ups can be customized to address any injuries (past or present), dysfunctional movement patterns, and muscles specific to the workout for the day.
Here is a sample warm up with some of may favorite dynamic moves.
The next time you hit the gym don't forget to give yourself a few extra minutes to properly warm up before your workout!
If you ever feel lost or overwhelmed when it comes to strength training, or building the best workout for your goals I have the solution! Total Fit 5 is my comprehensive guide to building a solid total body workout. This free guide provides you with an easy to use template and 3 simple steps to build a killer workout.
For more information and to get your free guide click here!