Your Warm Up is Useless

Fellow humans…what’s up. How was the weekend? What were the kids up to? Was the weather nice where you were? Feel free to steal this breathtaking script to distract your co workers while you wake up this morning. Got a brief one for you to start off this week with. You’re a better person for reading it. Fact.

I’d say for 90% of my clients about 90% of the time perform our standard warm up at Combine. This entails an uphill walk on the treadmill or jog or possibly rowing machine for just a few minutes to elevate heart rate and increase blood flow. Then over to the turf area for some dynamic movement prep. Fancy code for stretching while walking. This ensures nothing is static or being held for too long. Since it can feel pretty good to hold a stretch, it can be easy to fall into this trap. However static stretching is not ideal right before exercising (there are exceptions).

Recently I’ve noticed clients maintain the sluggish pace they start out with, for the duration of the warm up. I come out to get them started and they are not prepared. We’re halfway through our first “working” set and it’s evident they are not prepared.

A warm up should prepare your body for the activity you are about to do. 20 lazy squats with a bare barbell is shit next to several sets of 8 squats coming up like a bat out of hell. We need to do a better job stimulating the nervous system during warm ups. Getting the heart rate up is not enough. Whatever your warm up preferences, if you aren’t doing these things your warm up is more useless than Congress.

Your warm up should do the following:

  • Elevate HR
  • Stimulate blood flow
  • Excite the nervous system
  • Prepare body for upcoming activity (need more correlation between warm up and activity being performed)
  • Restore joint ROM

A standard time for warming up (ie. 5 minutes or 10 minutes) is not relevant. I have 13 year olds who take maybe 3 minutes tops to get going and up to 20 minutes with some of my middle aged desk jockeys. For myself, there are some days when I’m basically ready to go out of the box, and others where I’m approaching 10-15 minutes. Warming up is a science, but also an art that takes time to figure out for yourself.


Also congratulations to my 2 high school friends Matthew and Alyssa Moore Flood! It was a gorgeous ceremony and amazing reception this past weekend in Rochester, NY. I had a blast with fantastic friends and family. Have fun in Punta Cana!



3 thoughts on “Your Warm Up is Useless

  1. It’s funny how everyone always wants to know the standard time for something, or the standard number of reps, when it really boils down to the individual person’s needs, not some average that may or may not work for them.

    Nice post!


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