Dynamic Warm–Up Movement Assessment™ (DWMA)
Problem: Everyone says “Warm up before you exercise to avoid injuries like straining a muscle.”
But what type of warm up should I be doing?”
RX: Client Education: The Proper Warm-up
Warmer tissues mean better muscle performance and less chance of straining muscle. “Your warm-up gets blood into the muscles, which warms them up, preparing them for elongation, contraction and loading”
But what qualifies as a good warm up?
A good warm-up should NOT: 1- Exhaust you.
2- Increase joint or muscular pain.
3- Take away from your event, training, or dance.
A good warm-up SHOULD: 1- Start at a lower heart rate and gradually increase
2- Transition from general to training-specific movements—specific here means that the movements should duplicate or target the muscle groups you are about to use ( legs, hips, and core)
It is fine to start with a general exercise, like stationary cycling, but eventually choose movements that mimic your activity movements.