The importance of stretching and warming up
do in order to mitigate time-constraints stopping you from conducting a
proper warm up and unlocking your true potential.
By the way, when did stretching before lifting weights start becoming
obsolete? Let me ask you something, when was the last time that you spent more than 15 minutes stretching before your training session?
I believe one of the biggest reasons why people don't stretch is because
they lack the knowledge of the importance of stretching. They don't see it
as something necessary to be incorporated to their training and of course we
need to talk about how it could be seen as time consuming.
If I told you that you could greatly reduce the chance of injury by
performing just a couple of stretches why wouldn't you try them? Think of
your muscles as rubber bands. When rubber is cold its elasticity diminishes,
even more so rubber can become brittle and prone to snapping. So, stretching
causes muscle temperature to increase enabling them to contract and relax
easier, dramatically reducing the risk of injury. Warming up also has
physical and mental benefits. It will elevate the heart rate and increase
the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body, preparing the body for
the workout. When you stretch, subconsciously you are mentally preparing by
focusing, clearing your mind and thinking of the training plan.
I remember being a young Private First Class going to the gym and jumping
straight to curl 30 lbs dumbbells or deadlifting 225 lbs straight from the
get-go I always felt that was for running. I was focused on making
progress, growing and becoming stronger that the thought of stretching or
warming up never even crossed my mind. Boy was I wrong, not because of
ability to be mission-oriented but because I could have prevented so many
injuries and in the process, I could bigger and stronger today.
Now, I understand that you may have a 9-5 and your workout during your
lunch, which is maybe 30 minutes to an hour. Do I believe that you should
still spend a big portion of your workout time stretching and warming up?
Yes, you're right, I do believe that. There are a couple of things that you can
do to get things started and prepare you for your workout, for example;
- Stretch while you work.
- Go on small walks ever so often.
- Get a small instruments to help you stretch, such as soft balls, stretch
bands, rollers etc.
-Perform static movements.
-Keep your muscles in an anabolic state and hydrated by having a good diet,
drinking at least a gallon of water a day and take your Fuego BCAAs.
If you are time-constrained then take the initiative to wake up a little
earlier and stretch before you go to the gym first thing in the morning. If
something is stopping you from waking up early then your best bet may be to
wait till you're off work and have the freedom you need to get a good warm
up and workout in. It is all about time management and remember. if there is a will, there is a way.