| Article written on April 5th, 2016 at 12:00pm | Follow Garrett on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram |
The dynamic warm-up has fallen between the cracks in most running programs. This is quite unfortunate. Not only does a 5-10 minute primer properly warm-up the body for activity, it also lubricates the joints, improves mobility, enhances movement efficiency, and reduces the likelihood of injury. Why would you skip this?
One of the main reasons that athletes skip their dynamic warm-up so consistently is lack of time. When you ramp up training and start putting in some series miles, before or after a long work day, the urgency to get it done sets in. That’s understandable, but realize that adding 5-10 minutes of prep work beforehand will actually enhance performance for that day. And, I’m not just talking about a better pace but more efficient movement.
To me, 5-10 minutes is well worth the investment, but I know many of you still aren’t willing to sacrifice. So, how about 3-minutes? This week to kick off the Ignite Your Run series, I wanted to give an excuse proof dynamic warm-up where you could not say time was a factor. Obviously, 3-minutes is minimal, but it’s better than nothing.
In the upcoming weeks I will dive much deeper into the dynamic warm-up to explain why I dislike the name ‘dynamic warm-up,’ and also provide more valuable progressions that will truly Ignite Your Run. Until then, spend 3-minutes and put this one to use. You’ll be surprised at the difference made with such minimal investment.
[Question of the day] Do you complete a dynamic warm-up before your training or exercise program? And if so, what does it consist of? Drop a note in the comment section below.