What’s the Point of a Warm-Up?

Next thought… “Ehhhh, I don’t need to warm up- let me just skip to the workout.” While doing this will save you time, it may cost you performance and effectiveness in your workout AND leave you more vulnerable to injury.
Driven to Win’s methodology includes warmups and activations at the beginning of every workout, specifically designed for that workout. Why? To make sure you are getting the most out of every second of your training. Let’s take a look at what actually happens in your body when you warm up and activate.
Warm Ups:
  • Your overall body temperature increases: As your body temperature increases, so does your muscle elasticity, which can help enhance speed and strength.
  • Your blood temperature rises: As your body temperature increases, so does your blood temperature. Why is that important? With an increase in blood temp, the bond between the hemoglobin and oxygen weakens…. thus making oxygen more readily available for your muscles to use.
  • Your body starts to increase production of hormones: Our body is a machine, and it will respond to the loads we start to put on in. Giving our body a warning that we are about to put a demand on it allows time for it to increase production of hormones that help with energy production, like cortisol and epinephrine. This ultimately allows carbohydrates and fatty acids to be more available for energy production.
Activations:
 
  • Your muscle temperature increases: Performing the warm ups at the beginning of the workout increases your muscle temperature, allowing them to contract more forcefully and relax efficiently… meaning when you do move to your lift, you will be able to lift more, and with less strain.
  • Your range of motion increases: When you are working on movements in the activations, you are effectively warming up your large joints so they can move easily and at their maximum potential.
  • You stabilize your joints: By initiating the movement of your large joints under a smaller amount of force you are activating all the joint stabilizers around that joint, helping to prevent injury and move fluidly when you progress to your lifts.
  • You get your mind right: Often underestimated are the mental aspects of the lift. Getting your mind prepared and focused on what it is about to do will prepare you to perform at your best level, developing your mind and body connection.
Important physiological changes happen as you warm up, so don’t short yourself and skip them. They are the sure-fire way to get the most out of your time in the iron paradise.