Ketanga: We have all heard that warmups are important, but are they really?
Kate: Yes! The number one reason why I recommend warmups is for longevity. Priming the body for movement, if done correctly, reduces the risk of injury.
I've taken your class and I'm sweating by the end of the warmup— so is it really a warmup?
They are! In addition to injury prevention, my favorite mobility exercises do what any effective warm up should do: gradually raise body temperature and increase blood flow to muscles.
What do YOU love about mobility and why do you make it a point to include in your own workouts?
I love that so many issues can be addressed in a warmup and set me up for a successful training session. I center my warmup around what I am going to be training and my own specific imbalances or muscles that need extra activation. Then I'm raising my heart rate, doing the work to maintain proper movement patterns, and getting mentally ready for my training session.
What is a tip to keep in mind when planning a warmup for an at-home workout?
If you look at warmups like a chore or like a hurdle before you even start working out, you're less likely to do them and more likely to get injured. Make the warm up PART of your workout. A dynamic warm up should raise your heart rate, prime all of the joints and muscles for movement (or at least the ones you'll be working on), and reinforce correct movement patterns. See my videos below for some of these exercises :)
Try This Full-Body Warm Up: 2-3 sets
Exercise 1: Squat-Walkout-Pushup-Superman Compound Movement
Exercise 2: Standing I T Y W
Pair this mobility warm-up with Coach Kate's at-home strength workout and learn more about the Hudson Valley Adventure Weekend!