Fitmark Ambassador Brigid Wollack talks about warming up before you work out.
“You are losing it; you can’t even finish the tempo workout, stop limping, shake it off, and run!” The steady state of conversation in my head slithers up behind me, and strikes. I renounce the thought out loud, glance at my watch, and call it a day. My run this afternoon has the cadence of a telegraph operator sending Morse code. Fast, fast fast. Slooooow. FULL STOP.
Lurching off the track like a zombie in an old Thriller video, I head off to foam roll my hamstrings. Lesson learned? The moment we decide to throw more energy into finishing a workout we are not ready for, is the moment we set ourselves up for the FULL STOP.
What did I do today that’s making my hamstring tighter than a pair of compression socks? Ah…
- I rushed.
- I got sucked into the time crunch—
- I needed to get this workout in the books before I took the kids to practice.
- The saboteur in my head assured me I could start with sprints (I was already behind, so I concurred).
- I did not warm up.
AND…my left hamstring is ticked off. I took cold taffy and hammered it. It’s furious with the fact that I forced it to work without an easy 10 minutes on the pavement and a few well-selected drills. I neglected my warm-up in a selfish effort to save time, and now…I’m gimping like the hunchback of Notre Dame.
Do yourself and all of your body parts a favor before your next workout (we ARE walking miracles, you know, we just need to take care of the little things…tendons, ligaments, muscles). Warm up! Don’t skip it, don’t think you are above it, don’t talk yourself out of it, and don’t rush through it. Make the most of your workout time by spending it wisely. Recognize the voice in your head that taunts you to begin without properly starting, and renounce it. Cast it back to the fiery pit it came from the FIRST time it makes an assertion. Don’t wait until you are at a FULL STOP.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013