We’ve already discussed how important full-body warm-up for home workouts are.
As the name implies, the main purpose of a warm-up is to raise the internal temperature of the body and prepare it for the workout ahead.
It’s also a great opportunity to get into the right mindset, focus on your tasks at hand and mentally prepare for the challenges of your workout.
Benefits of a warm-up:
- Raises body temperature and increases blood flow to muscles thus reducing the chance of injury.
- When your muscles are warmed up, their energy production increases, the time taken for a muscle to contract is reduced and oxygen delivery is superior.
- Good warm-up increases your range of motion.
- Prepares you mentally and primes your central nervous system for the subsequent activity.
- Proper warm-up improves performance.
What should a warm-up involve?
In general, warm-ups should start with the larger muscle groups and move forward to smaller ones.
Although it’s advised that your warm-up is specifically tailored to your workout, it’s good to always warm up your whole body. For example, if you’re training legs, focus on your lower body but don’t ignore the rest of it.
Optimally, your warm-up will consist of two parts: 1) dynamic, low-intensity effort that will increase blood flow and warm up your joints and 2) a shorter, high-intensity part to activate your central nervous system and spur oxygen uptake.
Personally, I mostly stick to the same exercises in my warm-up, which I repeat until I feel ready to attack my workout. That’s also my best advice to you – listen to your body and how it feels – don’t cut your warm-up short if you’re not feeling ready to proceed to a more intense and prolonged activity that is your workout.
These warm-up exercises are a great base to prepare you for any workout. If you’re doing a bodyweight workout – that’s pretty much enough.
Let’s say you’re doing an AMRAP workout that involves dumbbell squats and push press – after you’re done with the warm-up I’m sharing here, you should also do 2-3 rounds of a few reps (3-5) of squats and push press with less heavy dumbbells than the ones you’ll use in your workout.
Full-Body Warm-Up for Home Workouts:
- Arm rotations
- Torso rotations
- Side to side hamstring stretch
- Downward-facing dog to alternating lizard pose
- Downward dog to forward dog
- Deep Squat with knee touch-downs
- Alternating lunges with torso rotation
- Ankles and wrists warm-up
Do each exercise for 30 seconds and repeat the routine 2 times.
Finish off with 10 burpees and/or 10 jumping jacks.
1. Arm rotations
Start with your arms straight and doing small circular movements while progressively widening the circles to the full range of motion.
Repeat with the arms moving in the opposite direction.
2. Torso Rotation
Start slowly and speed up the rotation progressively. Feet don’t move – they face forward, focus on rotating the torso.
I tap the opposite shoulder at each rotation.
Okay, I know this looks funny, but it’s a really good warm-up exercise, I promise! Try to go as further as you can on each side, including when you’re at the top and trying to reach backward.
You should feel that in your lats and hips. Switch direction after 10-15 seconds.
Start with a wider stance, bend over, and with your arms straight touch the opposite foot one after another.
Remember, that’s our warm-up, so we should keep things dynamic.
As with the previous exercises, start slow and progressively speed up the movement.
5. Side to side hamstring stretch
This is basically squatting while keeping one leg straight to the side. I’m gonna repeat myself here – these exercises are dynamic.
As you can see – I keep switching sides and bouncing a bit on each side. It’s really about the way you feel and focus on the stretch – no set rules.
6. Downward-facing dog to alternating lizard pose
Again – there’s a lot of bouncing going on.
Try to keep your back straight during the downward dog. I like to do these peddle movements with my feet to ease my hamstrings into the stretch and even do some ankle rotations to warm them up.
Then step forward with the right foot, while the left knee drops on the ground.
I use my right elbow to push my right knee outside for a further groin stretch.
Do this for just a few seconds, go back to a downward dog, and repeat the same thing with the left foot forward.
7. Downward dog to forward dog
Here’s a smooth transition from the previous exercise -from downward dog going straight to forward dog.
Don’t let your shoulders sag!
I like to kinda shake my shoulders a bit while I’m in forward dog, just to readjust my spine.
Hold each position for a few seconds and switch.
8. Deep Squat with knee touch-downs
Get into a deep squat – feet pointing slightly out, back is straight.
Get your elbows on the inside of each knee and use them to push the knees out for extra groin stretch.
Hold this pose for 5 seconds and try to touch the ground with each knee, alternating them, and return back to the squat.
9. Alternating lunges with torso rotation
Stand tall and take a step forward going into a lunge.
Keeping your back straight, rotate your torso to the side of the feet that’s forward.
Do 5 to 10 lunges on each side.
10. Ankles and wrists warm-up
Lastly, let’s pay some attention to our wrists and ankles. Just use rotational movements, switching direction every few seconds.
There you go!
You’re now ready to tackle your workout.
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