Warming Up: Keep Your Muscles Happy & Healthy
When it comes to calisthenics workouts, it’s easy to just skip any warm-ups and get right into the workout. However, this puts your body in a very vulnerable position and you also miss out on some of the amazing benefits that warm ups and mobility drills provide.
Why Should You Warm Up?
Simply put, the more you partake in warm up and mobility exercises, the healthier your muscles and joints will be. Healthier joints and muscles allow you to be incredibly effective at all calisthenics movements.
If you’re serious about making changes to your body through bodyweight exercises, completing mobility drills every day would conjure the best results.
You drastically lower your risk of injuries which is great news because experiencing a severe injury can set you back months and it can affect the positive mindset you initially had.
So how about avoiding this altogether?
The Benefits of Warming Up
When your body is loosened up and becomes more flexible, you’ll feel better about all of the bodyweight exercises you do.
A lot of the time, people force their bodies into positions which aren’t yet natural for them. For example, when it comes to a regular bodyweight push-up, people whose shoulder joints are not mobile enough still try to get their chest as low to the ground as possible.
Whilst they think they are doing what’s best to work the chest, they’re actually putting a ton of stress on the rotator cuffs. A lot of the tension is shifted from the chest and put on to the shoulders, in a bad way!
Many people hold themselves back from their true potential because their bodies have become rigid over time. Make sure to carry out some of these simple, but powerful, mobility exercises as seen in the video as often as possible – Ideally every day!
If you begin working out instantly without any warm ups, you’re putting your body at a disadvantage from the very beginning.
Apart from the increased likelihood of injuries, you’re also decreasing your chances of getting the most out of your bodyweight workouts.
First of all, we all love the feeling of a good pump when working out. Not only does it feel great, it also lets us know that we’re working the right muscles. However, it’s much harder to establish a strong mind-to-muscle connection if you’ve skipped warming up.
Whilst warming up and doing mobility exercises, try to keep the tempo slow and controlled and get the blood flowing. Prime your body before every calisthenics workout you do and you’ll boost your results in no time!
Controlling Every Muscle
Calisthenics is all about looking aesthetically pleasing and being functionally strong. In order to be the best that you can be, you need to have 100% control over every single muscle in your body.
Regardless of the exercise, you’re doing, the entire body becomes involved. It’s what makes calisthenics such a powerful way of working out. For example, during a bodyweight squat, there’s much more than just your legs being used – Your abs and back are recruited to keep you stabilized.
However, if your body is too tight, being able to call upon all the muscles in your body is a difficult task. As a result, you’d be missing out on some of the main benefits that bodyweight exercises can invoke.
Get In The Zone!
Warming up is not only a great physical way to prepare for the workout ahead, it can also be a fantastic way to get your head in the game.
Some days, we don’t have to think about it. It’s like we can flick a switch in our brains and get in the zone immediately. Other days, it can take a little longer. Warming up gives you the time to truly think about why you’re training and the kinds of results you want to elicit from the workout.
Your mind is an incredibly valuable asset with calisthenics movements but it’s something that many people underestimate.
In times when the body feels like giving up, it’s your mind that has the power to enable you to keep on pushing. Getting in tune with your body by doing these mobility drills is key to achieving this – It will bolster the best results.
When your mind is truly focused on the task at hand, you’ll be surprised at how much more powerful you will be in your workouts. Your intensity will go through the roof and fatigue seems to kick in later than usual.
If you’re forcing your body into positions that it’s not mobile enough for, you’re increasing your chances of experiencing an injury. You’re also putting a limit on your true potential!
Don’t wait to start incorporating these mobility and warm up practices into your usual routine. They’re great for preventing injuries but you’ll also be surprised by how much they can improve your workouts.
The better your workouts are, the more exceptional your results are going to be.