3 reasons to prepare the body for movement
1. Pliability - Warming up the tissue and sending bloodflow to the muscles is always good.
2. Stimulate the nervous system - I would argue is probably the most important. You are basically telling your body "here it comes!"
3. Finding pain or dysfunctions before you load the movements. This also allows you, the coach, to see which athlete / client has shown up today.
General rules of thumb
1. Dynamic warm ups that mimic the movements you are about to load or increase intensity of are best.
2. Static stretching is actuallly good if it is to inhibit a muscle or muscle group that is hindering proper movement.
3. Consider prepping with exercises that are grounded and require a small amount of balance or coordination. Simply crawling can be magical. Water bottle pick ups on one foot is simply amazing for leg prep.
4. Kettle bells are awesome for rhythm and increasing heart rate.
Coach Tim has been training private clients for over 20 years, coaching personal trainers for the last 11 years, and presenting in the fitness industry for 10 years now.