You walk onto the weightlifting floor and see the cable machine is completely in the clear - a rarity.
While it might be tempting to skip a proper stretching routine to get those tricep pulldowns done before a crowd takes over, it's really not the best idea.
Not only does stretching reduce the chances of injury and increase your flexibility, it preps your body for the movements ahead, leading to a better workout.
Simply touching your toes - or the static stretch-and-hold method - isn't going to cut it, though.
"Think of the act of weightlifting - pushing and pulling with the addition of weight to strengthen muscles. Dynamic stretching is doing just that but without the added weight, making it the perfect prep."
While priming the muscles for hard work and preparing joints, tendons, and ligaments for lifting, Okaah says dynamic warmups also help to get the blood moving.
Set aside at least eight to 10 minutes to warm up before moving onto lifting, and give this dynamic stretching routine from Okaah a shot.
- Jumping jacks: 30 seconds.
- Walking lunges with twist: One minute.
- Forward skip: One minute.
- Standing arm circles: One minute.
- High knees: 30 seconds.
- Side lunges: One minute.
- Leg swings: 30 seconds each leg.
- Walking lunges to hamstring stretch: Two minutes.
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