Warming up has been a great topic in the fitness business lately, everybody has their opinion and their favorite exercises they perform preworkout. I don't care much for the debate between static vs dynamic stretching, either. I think you need lots of static stretching if you have a problem getting into certain necessary positions for the exercises you will be performing for the day. You also need lots of dynamic range of motion exercises to prepare your body for the challenges about to come. If you're an active athlete and play a sport like football, you know that at any second you could find yourself in any number of awkward positions. Being prepared will keep you safe and healthy and performing at an optimum level. If you feel good and are excited for the days training or performance, than it is an effective warm up. This video shows how we begin our warm up with a top down approach with a football team just before a big game. We hit all the major areas and do not waste too much time. You'll see how things do not need to be drill sergeant perfect choreography, but that does look damn cool if your team is disciplined enough to pull it off. But in an environment like ours, where the players practice just a few days a week, you need to spend your precious time on more important things than being in a perfectly straight line and synchronizing all of your movements. This is not life or death, just Polish Football, American style.
Get on over to the private membership area to see the additional 11 minute video of the agility drills we do as a unit to prepare for the big game. Agility drills help prepare your body for all types of dynamic movements as required in sport. If you have played football before, you know what I am talking about. If you haven't, or are just looking for some new exercises to perform to increase your athletes or personal fitness and athleticism, you need to check this video out over at the private membership blog.