The Perfect Lower Body Warm-up Sequence
How well do you warm-up?
One thing I teach my athletes and other coaches is that the warm-up is NOT just a bunch of individuals exercises or movements – it is flowing set of continuous movement. The more you can flow through the exercises, the better preparation and the more comprehensive the ‘unlocking’ of the athlete can become.
Not only that, the warm-up time can be cut down to a fraction of what it normally is, allowing you more time to actually train and improving your workout efficiency.
Let’s look at what I would consider a good flow for preparing the lower body and core. Notice the sequence of the exercises; first we mobilize, then we activate and create stability.
Glute Bridge into Cossacks
Step #1: Unlocking / Mobilize
This is quickly becoming one of my favorite one-two punch combos for 3-dimensionally preparing the hips for any exercise you can throw at them. This sequence will dynamically stretch the hip in external rotation with the glute stretch and then it will attack the ankles, hamstrings, and adductors with the cossacks.
Breathing Squats (Steve Maxwell)
Step #2: Activation / Core Stability
After we open up the hips, we will perform bodyweight squats with a twist. The squats are going to get the glutes, hamstrings and quads contracting and we will throw in deep diaphragmatic breathing to help to retrain core stability. This is a perfect combination because we are gaining multiple benefits, and the complexity of the squats with the breathing, will keep the athletes hyper-focused on the task at hand.
Remember, spending some extra time designing the warm-up and sequencing the exercises, will pay off in a big way. It will help you get a lot done in a short amount of time and keep the athletes engaged. More focus on full-range, controlled tempo movements, along with retraining your athletes on how to breathe deeper, will make every athlete better.
By Smitty on August 23rd, 2012
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