Quick Tip to Improve Your Warm Up
Here in New England it’s technically been fall since September 23rd, but it really hasn’t felt like fall unlike the past two weeks. Fall is my favorite season by far: not too hot, not too cold. It’s cool in the mornings and evenings and comfortable during the day—not so cold you need a jacket, but not so hot you’re sweating bullets just standing there. It’s perfect.
Not to mention it’s football season. Enough said.
Nevertheless, the cooler mornings reminds me a simple tip I’d like to share for your workouts.
Wear warm clothes during your warm-ups prior to the workout.
When you walk into most gyms you’ll see a gym full of half-naked people. While I certainly appreciate good eye candy as much of the next guy, I don’t think it’s the most effective way to warm up. During the workout is a different story, and I think you should wear whatever’s comfortable, but during the warm-up, wearing layers can make a HUGE difference.
A lot of us tend to think up the warm up with regards to mobility, activation, etc., but what about simply getting, uh, warmed up? Once it starts to get cooler I like to wear sweat pants and a long sleeve shirt at a minimal. It helps me get a little sweat going and allows me to get more out of the mobility work that I do prior to the session. It also cuts a bunch of time off the warm-up, making it both effective and efficient.
Back in college when I had to walk to the gym, I’d actually go so as to do my warm-up with a long sleeve shirt, a sweatshirt, and my winter coat (that always got some funny looks). Then as I went along I’d strip layers until I was in nothing but my birthday suit.
Ok that last part’s a lie, but I do like to take off layers as I go. I’ve also tried wearing neoprene knee sleeves during my warm up on lower body days, and that has helped tremendously. I don’t do all the time, but I probably should.
Anyway, just a quick tip I thought was worth mentioning. If you live in a cooler area and are doing your warm ups in skimpy clothes, I think you’ll notice a big difference.