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Never skip the warm-up before training

Stretching is just as important as the WOD if you want to maximine your results and minimize the risk of injuries.

Stretching is just as important as the WOD if you want to maximize your results and minimize the risk of injuries.

The number one reason that people don’t exercise is because they claim they can’t find the time. This is why the market right now is saturated with fitness programs claiming they can get you in shape in just 15 minutes, 10 minutes, 5 minutes. Some even claim to be able to tone your body in 30 seconds. It seems like we’re streamlining our fitness routine and saving time without minimizing effect… What you are really doing is setting yourself up for injuries.

Look, we’re all for 30 seconds of high intensity interval training.  And if you only work out for 30 seconds a day, it should be intense and make you break a sweat. But in order for you to safely get to that 30 seconds of body toning training you have to spend 10-15 minutes warming up and stretching. That’s the part that these “quick fix training methods” forget to tell you about.

If you want to get the most out of any type of training, flexibility and mobility is the best way to enhance your performance and a crucial aspect of preventing injuries. If you’re rushing to get your training done and get back to whatever else it is you’re doing, you’ll be on the couch with an injury before you can spot any changes in your body.

If you want to get the most out of your training and gain strength and size, you need to incorporate a good stretching routine to your strength training and high intensity interval workouts.

Stretches to improve your flexibility

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Squats and lunges can be part of your stretching routine.

Static stretching – This is your classic stretch. The one you stretch out each limb and muscle for 20-30 seconds. See, already we’re 30+ seconds in and we haven’t even gotten to our WOD yet. When you are going through your static stretches, be sure not to bob your body back and forth trying to force the stretch. This will just lead to injury. The static stretch should leave your joints and muscles in a relaxed state, slowly allowing them to accommodate the stretch and elongation process.

Dynamic stretching – Believe it or not, squats and lunges are part of a good stretching routine. These movements help your body move in a variety of positions that you’ll need for your hard core training session. Make sure you stretch out your joints in all direction and cover a broad range of motions to really warm-up your joints.

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Too tired to stretch after a good training session? Treat yourself to a massage to loosen up your muscles.

Too tired to stretch after a good training session? Treat yourself to a massage to loosen up your muscles.

Now that you’ve completed a good warm-up you’re ready to go through your training program. As you can see, improving your improve your flexibility, mobility and strength takes a lot longer than 30 seconds.

If you’re really serious about getting into the best shape of your life, stop by one of our gyms in Denver or Stapleton.

Our Life Program focuses on lean muscle gain, core strength, and full body cardio workouts. This is for people who are looking to burn fat and calories.

Our Sport Program if you have specific goals in sports that you need to achieve. Here you’ll build strength, develop your skills and train functional movements.

Come and try us out! In each box, you’ll find a Free Introductory Classes for anyone who is serious about improving their life. With our nutritionists, trainers, group sessions and individualized programs, we’ll have you in the best shape of your life in no time.

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