Are you warming up before you hit it hard?
If you answered “no”, then I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad gnus… You’re selling yourself short. And you’re cheating your workout.
Yes, performing a thorough warmup lowers your likelihood of injury. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to very many people. But did you know that a smart warm up also maximizes muscle stimulation and growth? That should make you perk up those puppy dog ears and take notice. Because that means you’ll get results faster.
How? You’ll be stimulating blood flow, which means more oxygen and nutrients get delivered right where you need them — to those hungry muscles. You’re also firing up your nervous system, which improves your performance by priming your body for complex, coordinated movement. And of course avoiding injury means you’re not sitting on the sidelines thinking yourself thin.
At BodyweightCoach we believe in taking action. We don’t mess around. And so we’ve filmed a fun Dynamic Warm Up routine for you, courtesy of our friend Elliot Hulse. He’s cool, he’s creative, he’s incredibly athletic, and he’s one of the smartest trainers in the BWC Guest Coach arsenal.
Give this one a try before your next training session. It’s a lot of fun, and you’ll notice that the movements resemble martial art. That should come as no surprise, because martial arts are the most primal and dynamic movement patterns we have, and good movement gets passed down.
Dynamic Warm Ups work because they prepare your body for optimal performance. They can dramatically increase your range of motion, which preps your body for the demands you’re about to place on it. They can even help stimulate your metabolism, cranking up an even more efficient fat burning furnace.
Are you ready to give it a try? Elliot suggests using movements like lunges, side bends, high knees, jumping jacks, backpedaling, and side lunges before your next training session. It only takes ten minutes, but the results contribute to a lifetime of optimal health and enhanced performance.
Take a crack at our sample warm up today. And if you’ve got any questions for Elliot, post ‘em in the comments below.