The Rule of the 7 Ps
"The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice." Proverbs 12:15
When I was younger, I could jump right into a workout and crush it with very little or no real warm up.
As I have grown older and wiser I have learned how important a good warm up is.
I follow the military rule of the "7 Ps."
"Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance."
Many people skirt their warm ups altogether or only jump on a cardio piece followed by a few half hearted stretches. That's a problem.
In addition to performing at an optimal level, a warm up is not just about heating up the body. It's about turning on the nervous system to minimize the chance of injury.
It's much like an airline pilot doing pre flight checks before take off.
Core muscles awake...check.
Hamstrings, hip flexors and low back loosened up...check.
Athletes don't just run out and start playing. They do a specific warm up routine to get ready to compete.
You may not be an athlete in the sense you are competing in organized sports, but you compete with yourself every day when you go to the gym.
In order to "win" and keep seeing progress, you need every advantage you can get.
Here are a few examples:
- By mobilizing your feet, your hips turn on which helps you squat deeper and use more weight AND, it keeps stress off your knees.
- Actively rolling around and putting input into your spine wakes up important spinal stabilizers reducing the risk of tweaking your back.
Here's the bottom line. Wise people incorporate a solid warm up as an integral part of their routine. Fools continue to do it "their way" which ultimately leads to nothing good.
It's a recipe for disaster.
It's not important to just train hard but to TRAIN WISELY.
Do you have a SOLID warm up plan?
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