Let’s just go ahead and say it: nobody likes warming up. It’s that awkward period of time between arriving at the gym and starting the workout you actually want to do. It’s often somewhat boring and time-consuming and not nearly as “intense” as you want your workout to be, but it’s incredibly important.
In fact, the warm-up is probably the most overlooked aspect of just about everyone’s training regimen. For example, I made a recent trip to a larger corporate gym, and over the course of 90 minutes, I didn’t see a single person warm up.
Here’s what the normal routine looked like:
1. Enter the gym and assess surroundings.
2. Walk around for a bit listening to music or chatting with people.
3. Head straight to the dumbbell rack or bench.
4. Do a couple of toe touches and arm swings.
5. Start throwing weight around.
We all laugh because we’ve either seen it or done it ourselves, but the warm-up actually serves a crucial purpose.
Before we get into the benefits of warming up, let’s go over some basic rules for putting together a good warm-up...