May 23rd, 2010
Most of us think warming up prior to exercise is somewhat important–though there are a few of you that don’t. The New York Times recently published an article about the benefits (or lack of) warming up before working out which you can read here. We changed our warm up protocol some months back so that now the warm up is shorter and involves more dynamic mobility and less bar work than it used to. Have you noticed an effect on your performance during the w.o.d.s? Do you have certain things you must do before you get into a workout? Please post reflections to comments.
Also, I just want to add to the K-Star post on upper body mobility. It is great to roll around on the ball and break up scar tissue, but it is really important to STRETCH those muscles after. When you stretch AFTER you perform myofacial release, you can bring the muscle back to it’s original length (or close to it). Part of the reason muscles get bound up is from doing exercises with imperfect body mechanics and posture. If you do not change the mechanics and posture, the problem area will remain a problem area. Ideal treatment for a persistently tight or painful area would start with myofacial release and be followed by stretching and corrective exercises to treat the mechanics and posture issues.