What’s the purpose of a dynamic warmup? Do I really need to do this?
The short answer to this question is YES, you need to perform a dynamic warm up! A dynamic warm up is the act of preparing your body for the exercise ahead. Dynamic warm up movements increase your blood flow, and heat up your muscles and joints. Our warmup serves as a point to increase your performance if you do it correctly.. it’s about injury prevention!
I feel like it is far too common for people to walk into the gym after 8 hours hunched over a desk, and then head right into the heavy bench press or the squat rack with no warm up. Ahhh this is just a recipe for disaster.. Here is why..
Without the proper warm-up, you run the risk of suffering a variety of injuries to your shoulders, lower back, hips, and knees.
Don’t get me wrong, I love squats. I love loading up the barbell squat with some weight, or grabbing a dumbbell and performing goblet squats. They are terrific for building muscle and burning fat… unless you are cold/very stiff or your form is terrible! Therefore, a proper dynamic warm up should be done before our workouts, especially workouts when we are pushing around heavier weights.
The body can be warmed up with light intensity aerobic movements such as the dynamic warmup I posted in our fitness tips page.