I wrote a new article for Parenting on the Peninsula, “Are Your Kids Warming Up Properly for Their Summer Activities?”Although this article is written for parents to instill better warm-ups for their kids, it is extremely important for adults to do as well.
Did you know the latest research suggests that static stretching before exercise (i.e., holding a stretch for 30 seconds) may be a waste of time or even detrimental to performance, promoting injuries? Check out the article here: Warm-Ups
Regardless of whether I am working with athletes at the College of San Mateo or my Boot Campers, our warm-up is typically 15-20 min for a 50 minute workout. One of my mentors, Brent Mc Farlane, Former Coach of the Canadian Olympic Track & Field Team told me that the warm-up is so important he dedicated 50 minutes of his 2 hour workouts to it.
Injury prevention and rehabilitation have always been a big interest of mine because as a kid I was always injured (my nickname in college was ICE and that is not because of Vanilla Ice).
Check out the latest research on why static stretching is not ideal and how to get ready for optimal performance and general movement: Warm-Ups
Even if you did this warm-up prior to yoga, you would get better results: Warm-Ups
In Health, Fitness & Vitality,
P.S. Congrats to Joe, O’Koyea & Clay, College of San Mateo Bulldogs who were drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft this week. They all did their warm-ups 🙂
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