April 20th, 2020
We are big fans of performing dynamic stretches before most workouts! This type of stretching involves active movements where joints and muscles go through a full range of motion and are used to warm up certain muscles or muscle groups. Our trainers share some at-home active stretches to add to your routine!
That’s when it’s most effective! Dynamic stretching should be performed before the start of any exercise routine, whether it be sports, weightlifting, or cardiovascular exercise. This will warm up the body, get the muscles moving and ready to work! While dynamic stretching is important for warm–up, it is not necessary to do at cool down.
Dynamic stretches raise your core temperature, which is ideal for pre-workout. During a cooldown, the goal should be to lower your temperature which is accomplished with static stretching (where muscles are extended and held for a period of time).
Dynamic stretching can be functional and mimic the movement of the activity you are about to perform (i.e. swimmers circle their arms before getting into the water).
These movements get muscles moving and warm for your workout. You and your trainer can add these exercises into your warm-up: squats, lunges, and different types of rotations will help actively stretch your core.
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There are lots of perks to performing dynamic stretches before any type of workout including:
We strongly recommend performing dynamic stretches before any of our video training sessions. Here are some go-to moves that you can easily do while at–home.
*great for runners and triathletes
*great for upper body warm–up
Remember: make sure a good warm-up (and cool-down) are a part of your routine. Always – not just when your trainer is watching. Active, dynamic stretches will help you perform at your peak and prevent injury during your workout!
From all of Team Driven, we can’t wait to get back into the studio and see our clients. You are our family! In the meantime, we hope that you are enjoying the videos and virtual support. We are always available should you have any questions or concerns. Stay safe and we’ll see you soon at our South Tampa studio!