You know warming up your muscles for exercise is important, but most people don't realize that completing a series of movements specifically designed to prepare your body for the workout you are about to do is crucial to your performance.
“Industry wide there has been a push to limit the general warm-up and transition toward something called ‘movement preparation,’ ” Richey says. “Movement prep specifically primes the body for the workout, sport, or activity (instead of simply running on a treadmill beforehand), and can include any or all of the following: cardio, functional flexibility, core activation, balance, plyometrics, and sports-specific conditioning drills.”
This type of progressive warm-up helps your body and brain gear up for the movement ahead so you can perform better during the actual workout with less risk of injury.
Look for a workout that begins with a specific series of movements designed to get you ready for the exercises that follow. Tip: A 5-minute jog on the treadmill does not count.