WARM UP TECHNIQUES

Warming up is one of the most important aspects of training. It ensures the muscles are full of blood, the joints are lubricated and mentally gets you ready for a great training session.
An all-around great warm up will get your heart rate up, which means the heart is pumping blood all around your body.

Here’s a few quick tips to get the best out of your workouts with a good warm up:
• A warm up is a warm up not a workout, it should be gentle and not intense.
• Start off with really low intensity and gradually increase.
• Warm up body parts that you will be training that day. Eg. If you’re training legs to warm up on the bike if you’re training back try the rower.
• Use the full range of motion – if you’re warming up on lat pulldowns, ensure you feel a good stretch at the top of the movement and a good squeeze at the bottom.
• Use the time during the warm up to think about and plan the workout ahead.
• Put headphones in and listen to music that gets you motivated.
• Use a foam roller to release muscle tension (myofascial release)
• Don’t watch the clock.
• Think positive thoughts.

Examples of a Warm Up
Chest ➡ push ups
Back ➡ rower machine
Shoulders/calves ➡ skipping/jump rope
Legs ➡ bike
Running ➡ myofascial release (foam roller)

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