A warm-up is a light fitness session that takes place before a workout. Warm-ups are crucial for a safe and effective workout, essentially priming the body and mind for the training ahead. Before your next workout, think about these benefits:
How exactly will a warm-up help me work out?
Your warm-up will vary depending on your WOD. A standard CrossFit warm-up will combine a mix of movements, often specific to the areas of the body you will work the most that day.
More specifically, a good warm-up:
Workout “shock” – putting a strain on our hearts and muscles by jumping into intense workouts too quickly
Sudden muscle strain –if you have ever pulled a hamstring, you know that nothing is worth that painful strain!
Cardiorespiratory rate- a.k.a gets that heart pumping all that lovely blood and oxygen throughout your body
Size of blood vessels- on a vascular level, this allows for more blood to flow in a shorter amount of time
Blood flow to muscles- to help with flexibility and range of motion
Blood flow to the brain- giving you mental clarity
Flexibility- to keep it moving
Endurance – to keep going
Chance of injury
Stress- on your heart, body, and mind
Neurotransmitter performance– your muscles telling your brain how they’re doing
Communication of your central nervous system (CNS) with your muscles
Grasp of the fundamentals
Mobility of key positions – especially for your WOD
Light sweating – to ease into your workout
Learning – this is a chance to learn what movements should look/feel like
Opportunities to catch and correct any faults
Remember not to breeze through any part of your warmup. Pay close attention to how your body and muscles are responding to each set, and how you can apply this to your WOD. A great start will get you even better results!
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