Stretching and Warming Up
It needs to be stated here that no matter what type of training we engage in safety should always come first.
Bodyweight training is no exception to this golden rule. After all when injured we can hardly train at all can we? So paying close attention to things like warming up and stretching before our training sessions is mandatory and in fact ultimately leads us to getting stronger and fitter in no time at all. So pay close attention to this chapter.
These suggestions are simple, but they should not be skipped or glossed over,
Bodyweight Training Warm Ups- Involve Stretching
The Warmup sessions for Bodyweight Training is much less complicated than some of the warm ups you may be used to if you have done much or any weight lifting.
Our primary goal is to get the blood flowing and raise our bodies core temperature before we do our light stretching. This helps make us more limber for our stretches and further reduces our chance of injury.
How you choose to do this is really a matter of personal choice, but I suggest you aim for the ten minute mark. A brisk walk or jog is what I choose to do most often, but if you prefer using the bike or a rowing machine that’s fine too.
Many people who are involved in other forms of combat sports go old school and jump rope or hit the punching bag. As long as we accomplish the goal of getting our blood circulating and temperature rising without overdoing it feel free to choose which ever cardio method you prefer
We will supply a specific warm up program for you in the training segment of this website. However some important points for you to consider are listed below
- Consider allowing 15 minutes for warm up and stretching
- Never Bounce while doing your stretches
- Try to use semi opposed stretches where you control the stretch and not a partner.
- Control your breathing throughout both the warm up and stretches.
- Some say that there is a magic 30 seconds to hold the stretches.
- Never stretch into the area of pain – pain means injuries or damaged tissue
- Consider Yoga as a part of your warmup and stretching
Warm up and Stretching Routines Here: