Warm Up For Weightlifters


What does the very beginning of your daily weight training look like?

Do you come right in and grab a barbell and struggle through some creaky painful reps?

Do you try multiple different strategies and aren’t really sure what works the best?

A thorough proper warm up can really help you get the most out of those first few sets and basically get the most bang for your buck out of your time in the gym.
We have our 3 foundational categories of warm up to help you customize and strategize day by day.


  1. Sweat: A big chunk of us work in a sedentary world. Either standing relatively still or even worse sitting for the majority of the day. On the flip side those early birds have been sleeping for 8 hours lying still (hint, hint get some sleep) and are trying to jump into a workout routine. Both cases can highly benefit from blood flow and switching on the engines of energy transfer.

Simple easy aerobic warm up can start blood and lymphatic flow throughout the body. It also switches on the mechanisms for aerobic energy transfer and primes the nervous system that it’s time to move



2. Stretch: Now that there is blood flow and neural activation the body is actually going to be more receptive to any specific mobilizations that are relevant to your body and your specific workout. The key here is to get the most bang for your buck and realize you don’t need to spend a ton of time on this one, we’re not going to want long term plastic changes prior to intensity.


3. Stiffen: This is what we like to refer to as the “Bridge” We spoke to our system with the aerobics, a gentle reminder that it’s “time to wake up”  We spoke to our connective tissue and nudged it to be comfortable with some end ranges that we plan to use in training. Now it’s time to really tap our nervous system and let it know that it’s GO TIME!  This is where we introduce loading patterns and strategies to get our body’s important protective systems ready for load;

We hope you can take this general framework and apply it to your next workout. Take 15 minutes and apply this continuum and see if you get a little better movement quality and less ache and pain during training.

If you want a specific warm up for your impairments and your specific workout or sport come see us at Impact Physical Therapy. Our staff can apply these principles to a wide range of activities and bodies to make it 100% applicable to your situation.

published on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017