To minimize the risk of injury during any form of a vigorous exercise routine, a quick, yet structured pre-workout warm up can dictate the difference between completing one or cutting it painfully short
And let’s face it. Suffering any type of injury is never fun, and is ultimately detrimental to achieving the results you want.
Think of your body as a race car.
Before a race begins, every car in the field is required to complete what’s called the “Parade Lap.” During this low-speed warm up, the driver is able to get a feel for the track, read various vehicle diagnostic systems, and complete any final mental preparation; effectively ensuring everything is in proper alignment before the race begins. This warm up period plays a pivotal role in the outcome of any race.
The same applies to stock car number 1: proudly sponsored and driven by you. Taking the time to warm it up before participating in any type of intense exercise gives you the opportunity to not only get adjusted to the training environment, but also to analyze your level of readiness and fully focus your mind on the task at hand. If not properly warmed up, expect your vehicle [body] to eventually blow a tire, breakdown, or even crash.
So the next time you’re about to hit the studio for an explosive boot camp session, step foot on the field turf for some high intensity intervals, or enter the barebones box of a crossfit gym, make sure to properly prepare your body for the workload it’s about to receive. Just three minutes of moderate walking, jogging, or running can significantly warm up your body; putting your engine in the best position to keep your wheels rolling during what's sure to be an amazing race.
Written By: Coach DJ Williams
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