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  • Anton Lippis

5 Benefits of Warming Up Before Training

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An effective dynamic warm-up before a gym training session offers numerous benefits that can enhance performance and reduce the risk of injury. Dynamic warm-ups are those that incorporate gentle, controlled movement rather than old fashioned stretching. If you're not currently warming up before your sessions in the gym, here are five reasons why you should consider it.

1. Increased Muscle Temperature and Blood Flow

Dynamic warm-up exercises like leg swings, arm circles, or bodyweight squats raise the temperature of your muscles and improve blood flow. This improves the elasticity of the muscles and can reduce the risk of muscle tears or strains during exercise while increasing performance.

2. Improved Joint Flexibility and Range of Motion

Proper dynamic movements during a warm-up can help to improve joint flexibility and range of motion. This can help you get into certain positions easier during your workout, letting you train muscles more effectively and improving movement efficiency. Dynamic stretching also avoids the downsides of static stretching before a workout, which can increase risk of injury.

3. Enhanced Neuromuscular Function

The brain is the most important driver of performance during a workout. By warming up properly, you prepare the neuromuscular system for exercise, enhancing muscle activation and coordination. This can make subsequent exercises more consistent, ensure you're using the correct muscles, and improve overall performance.

4. Mental Preparation and Focus

Engaging in a warm-up routine can also help you to mentally prepare for the coming workout. This can help you transition into your exercise routine and focus on the task at hand. By incorporating mental imagery into your warm-up, envisioning what you want to achieve in your workout, you can even reduce stress!

5. Reduced Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

DOMS is the soreness that you may get the day or two after a workout, particularly if you've started doing a new exercise or increased the load of an existing one. There's some evidence that a well-structured warm-up can help reduce the severity of DOMS by gradually preparing the muscles for the demands of exercise.

By incorporating dynamic warm-up exercises into your gym training sessions, you can optimise performance, reduce your risk of injury, and maximise the benefits of the effort you're putting in. If you're not sure what to incorporate into a warm-up, our friendly trainers here at Xpress Personal Training will be more than happy to help! And stay tuned to our blog for some ideas in our next post.

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