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The 6 Best Stretches To Do Before Your Workout

Matt Skeffington

Matt’s primary role at Dynamic Strength and Conditioning is to make sure that our coaches and clients are consistently improving, all while operatin...

Matt’s primary role at Dynamic Strength and Conditioning is to make sure that our coaches and clients are consistently improving, all while operatin...

Mar 15 2 minutes read

Every great workout starts with a great warm-up.

And the research agrees.

According to the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, a proper warm-up can greatly:

  1. Improve workout performance and intensity

  2. Increase workout strength

  3. Increase workout endurance and delay fatigue

  4. Improve core and muscle temperature

  5. Improves mental focus and motivation

  6. Improve range-of-motion

  7. Decrease joint pain and stiffness

  8. Decrease risk for injury

When you combine all of the elements above, you get far better workouts as you're able to exercise with more intensity, stamina, strength, calorie burn, and focus.

This means far better results for you.

Most people skip their warm-up though and get right into their workout due to either not knowing what to do for a warm-up or feeling like they don't have time.

Today we've created a list of the 6 best stretches to do before your workouts. And it only takes 4 minutes!

Check out the video and description below and complete these stretches before your next workout.

Here are your stretches:

1. 3-Position Child Pose (hold each position for 2 deep breaths)

Targets: Loosens your spine, low back, and shoulders

2. Arm Thread to Sky Bow (complete 5 repetitions per side)

Targets: Loosens and warms up your chest and shoulders

3. Down Dog to Mountain Climbers (complete 3 repetitions per side)

Targets: Loosens and warms up your calves, shoulders hips, and thighs

4. Row and Reach (complete 10 repetitions)

Targets: Loosens and warm-ups up your shoulders

5. Knee Hug to Reverse Lunge (complete 3 repetitions per side)

Targets: Loosens and warms up your legs 

6. Toe Touch with Reach (complete 5 repetitions)

Targets: Warms up your total-body, especially legs and shoulders

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