The title of this entry might sound almost too elementary, but considering how cold it is this winter, here in Canada and much of North America, I felt it’d be fitting to explain the actual “Importance of a Warm Up” in the context of training…just in case you forgot.
The Warm Up part of your training is, in my opinion, equally, if not MORE important than the actual training, itself.
A Warm Up is and should be performed in order to…well….WARM UP.
To train or compete cold, places your body and its individual organ systems in a really bad place. Muscles aren’t as pliable as they should be; pains and soreness haven’t been managed through foam rolling release and mobility; the skin and bones, alike, simply aren’t as effective in their operations and functions as they could be when brittle or cold; the heart and nervous system hasn’t gradually built up their contraction rates and firing capacities.
Moving, and literally grooving into your activity gradually, will set you into the right frame of mind, whether Rage Against The Machine is playing over the background speakers or not. Moving kickstarts and reinforces your mind to be ready; “Readiness”.
INJURY PREVENTION and PRs
Competition aside, What about Health?
At the end of the day, as a Strength Coach, for myself and my athletes, I ultimately use the Warm Up to “Activate”; to elevate you and have you ‘here’ in the moment; in a given point and time.
You do that, and you WILL perform at your best in the gym and outside in the real world.
It’s a pretty heavy concept that I’ll challenge all of you to explore in your own training for decades to come and I’ll be reflecting on the Warm Up more and more in future posts.
In the meantime, here are a few Movement Snacks/Movement Meditations/Movement Expressions/Warm Ups that I think you should go to as your “Go-To”.
Evolve or Die.
Movember is just around the corner, and if you’ve spotted me at the head of your class, or in a one-on-one setting, just the same, then you’ve caught my face-fur harvesting in progress. This lack of contact with my razor, is all a means of setting the groundwork for Movember, when I’ll be raising funds towards Prostate Cancer Research, as well as doing everything in my power to create an awareness towards men’s health. My moustache, during this time will literally and symbolically, change the face of Men’s Health, while creating awareness and solidarity surrounding the matter.
One of the initiatives in this year’s Movember 2013, is “MOVE“.
MOVE is pretty much a call to arms for all Mo’Bros and Mo’Sistahs supporting the Movember Movements. It demands that each and every one of us, literally “Move” – in all forms.
In other words, it’s physical activity; it’s MOVEMENT; something that will make all of our lives that much better in quality and hopefully, longer.
I, therefore challenge all of you, men and women Strength Seekers out there to get off your asses at some point for duration of Movember and Move.
Watch the video below for details + Stay Twuned to all of JD Training’s Social Media for tips and propaganda surrounding this very important Movement next month…
Evolve or Die.
1. IT STARTS THE SUNDAY NIGHT
2. BE WISE, EARLY RISE
3. WALK OR HIKE
4. MIX UP A COLD, ENERGIZING SMOOTHIE
5. WRITE DOWN AND MAP OUT YOUR WAR STRATEGY
Have A Strong Monday.
The problem with our thinking is that we see too much of the hurdles and effort required to achieve all of the above.
In saving money, we believe that we have to save 100s or 1000s of dollars at a time. We feel we have to pay just the same amount of cash, effort and attention towards our debts and loans.
The same can be said for health and fitness-oriented goals in life.
If we’re overfat, seemingly “unfit” or lacking in core strength and range of motion, we view the climb in all of its entirety.
Before even getting started, we mistakingly forecast and waste our time looking at the pitfalls of weekend junk food binge eating, birthdays and cake, late nights spent during overtime at work and lack of time to prepare food, that are ahead. We think of the cost of “healthy groceries” and where that money might better spent towards. We look at the early hours we’ll have to set our alarm clocks to, just in order to get up and reach the gym to actually exercise and train. We then wonder, “what’s the point?…why even bother?…”
Fact of the matter is, this is what I call “Getting Ready (To Get Ready) Symdrome”.
We’re taking too long expecting perfect conditions, circumstances and alignment of the stars to start doing what we ought to be doing immediately.
Friends and Strength-Seekers, whether it’s landing your dream career or vacation or having that perfect healthy, fit and capable body, just get started on the path NOW. I mean physially, actively and aggressively — start ACTION now.
It sounds cliche, but Nike had it right with their marketing campaign, commanding you to “Just Do It.”
A dollar a day counts and goes way further than waiting for that perfect time to suddenly find $10,000 in your bank account.
Cutting back just 1/2 of your grains at lunch and dinner, replacing them with whole, natural foods, like fruits and veggies or even quality protein, will have tons more of an effect than trying to buy the most perfect organic, free-range, hormone-free, sustainable groceries, supplements, cooking utensils, books and classes en route to eating “clean” (whatever that Hell that means, nowadays).
Getting your ass up, actually, better yet – Jumping your ass out of bed, into your car and starting your Joint Mobility Work at the gym before your training session will kick start your day. Get FIRED UP.
Refer to this post, constantly.
The Mind and Body work together; synergistically and symbiotically.
Every horse starts wild, before they’re trained to pull a carriage.
It’s what I promote during your low and high points of training,
Stop getting ready to get ready. Stop being paralyzed while wasting time to analyze.
Start Action Now.
Small pieces of the puzzle everyday add up and create the bigger picture, friends.
Evolve or Die.
When I think of of hypnosis, i think of pendulum clocks, cheap ugly suits and greasy haircuts. I think of people moving around like chickens in gymnasiums and others barking like dogs on all fours.
I’m wrong and outdated in this area of thought.
Here’s a great video that you can use, related to hypnosis, our subconsciousness, physiology and outlook.
The hypnotherapist here provides you with a short and effective exercise that you can use immediately to help you not only understand between the mind and body; our psychology and physiology, but also help you achieve an optimal state of mind. This mind state and really, “body state”, will have you achieving your fitness, nutritional, relationship and financial goals.
If I shared it, I felt it was life-changing.
It just might save your life.
Garret has Down Syndrome. But i don’t think that’s a shortcoming for him or anyone with special needs at all.
Garret has dreams and he follows through in his dreams.
Watch his video to reconsider your current situation and life inside and outside of training.
Have A Strong Day.
On Getting Started.
Stop Getting Ready to Get Ready.
I recently watched a speech by Strength Coach and Motivator, Martin Rooney of Training for Warriors. He was speaking on the subject of inspiration, motivation and ultimately, what it takes to focus folks that are unfocused.
He used an example of the “chair vs the lion”.
As simple as it is, a chair has separate legs, rather than one point…of focus.
The same can be said about us humans and attempting to achieve goals – nutrition, training, work or relationship related.
It’s all the same.
When you try and dedicate your energy towards too many things at once, it’s simply overwhelming.
As you progress, you’ll find and realize that success builds off of success.
Think about the Chair Vs. Lion as you attack your day and goals.
I’m 31 today and I’m throwing a huge sale in appreciation + thanks for all of your support + strength over the years.
Today until Sunday, I’m extending my family rate of $50/private session for everyone!
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Here, he speaks on the IOC dropping wrestling and speaks the truth…
Here, he speaks on Failure and Self-Confidence, once again, the truth…
Great Coach. Great Leader.