My Warm Up Routine

I have pointed out many times that warming up before your workout is important especially if you are stiff or not so flexible. I don’t warm up every time which means that I may be putting myself at risk of  a potential injury. This is something that I am working to improve – taking enough time each workout to prep the body with a few minutes of light moves that will ensure the body is ready to go. I wanted to share one of my basic series of moves here with you today so that you can start your workouts with a proper warm up. The warm up usually takes about 5 minutes and you can do the same routine before every workout.

Best,

Zuzana

How to Warm up for Strength Training Workouts

You have been asking me about how I warm up before weight training, so here it is the routine I usually follow. It is a simple routine and it takes about 5 – 6 minutes. There are several physiological and psychological reasons to always warm up. The most commonly understood benefit of warming up is that it reduces the potential for injury. Warming up before you exercise increases muscle temperature which in turn increases your strength.  This allows your muscles to contract faster or to stay longer in contraction or to better perform a series of contractions while working out. Keep in mind that there is one potentially negative effect of warming up. If your warm up is too heavy (too long or too intense), it can decrease your overall workout performance. So make sure that you just warm up the body rather than tire it out – the 5-6 minute warm up in today’s video is perfect for a pre-workout warm up. Enjoy.

Best,

Zuzana