Bethany and Cameron staying active on their vacation!
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
Dynamic Warm Up Intro:
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Why do we warm up?
I posed this question to all of our classes on Monday and got a wide range of answers from ‘preventing injury’ to ‘be more awesome.’ Yes, these are both equally correct. Some of the other answers we received included get a sweat going, learn new movements, get the blood flowing, and get flexible! We have some brilliant athletes! The reason we posed this question was to bring about some awareness and focus to a part of our class experience Cali and I thought were lagging.
There are two primary reasons we would like you to put as much focus and energy into your warm ups as you do your lifts. The first is to mentally prepare yourself and set the tone for what’s about to go down. Warm ups are an opportunity to dial in your body and mind connection in order to get the maximal benefit of our strength or movement we begin with. The approach we take to the first 10 minutes of class stays with you the full hour. If you’re 5 minutes late or half assing the DeadBugs, then your performance is going to show it. Approach your warm up like you are on the platform, higher the quality, the more prepared you are to succeed in what follows.
The second reason we are going to cover is a selfish one. While all of your are squirming around on the floor or squatting against the wall, the coaches are watching all of you. Your movements in your warm up tell us what is tight, sore, bothering you, injured even. A quality warm up helps prep the athlete’s bodies and the coach’s eye. We take movement very seriously here at CFDu. There is a far gap between starting a clock and fixing an athletes weakness. The biggest difference between us and a lot of gyms is that we don’t have 3,2,1 coaches, we have strength and conditioning coaches. It is our job and our duty to find all of the athlete’s limiting factors; mobility, stability, strength; and correct them.
We are spending a lot of time focusing on quality warm ups over the next few weeks. Warming up begins before class too. If you are early for your class, grab a foam roller and hit the muscle groups you see up for the workout. This will further prepare you for the warm up and in turn the lifts and help speed up recovery for the next workout!