Up until about 6 months ago when I read about using simple dynamic warm up routines on romanfitnesssystems.com my pre-workout warm up would be to jog or shoot hoops for 5-10 minutes. Before starting to do a dynamic warm up routine before my workouts I would regularly feel stiff and a little out of it mentally on my first couple of sets.
Here are a few reasons why using a pre-workout dynamic warm up routine has improved my workouts, my results, and those of my clients:
- Gives you time to get your mind right
When I get ready to workout, especially in the winter, sometimes I feel a little sluggish, and my mind isn’t quite in it. Going through a 5 minute dynamic warm up gives me time to get focused on what I am doing and to distance myself from everything else that I have going on that day. I have my best workouts when my mind is clear and focused on only the next rep.
- Removes the feeling of stiffness
A 5 minute dynamic warm up gets my blood pumping, gets my body ready to move, and gets my neurological system ready to do work. When I feel physically and mentally ready to move and work I have better 1st sets on each exercise. In my life before dynamic warm ups my first set would always have to be a light warm up set because I didn’t feel ready for heavier weight.
Through my own experience and from reading studies like this one. I’ve also learned that static stretching before exercise reduces performance and should be avoided.
Click here to see an example of a good dynamic warm up routine.