The importance of warming up before your workout can’t be understated.
Not only can warming up prevent sore muscles the next day, but it can also prevent injuries by improving your range of motion and flexbility. That’s why we’re highlighting these two warm-up stretches that you can easily add to your workout routine — the hip stretch with a twist and the plank.
Hip Stretch with a Twist
This dynamic stretch is ideal for stretching your core and back. With arms straight, start in a pushup position but bring one leg forward so that it’s bent and your foot is by your hands (see the top image). From here, twist toward your opposite leg while extending your arm and hand. Return to the pushup position and repeat the stretch on the other side of your body.
Similar warm-ups: Lunge with a twist
The plank is a great warm-up exercise because it helps to strengthen the abdominals and back. To get into position, start at the top of a pushup but with your elbows bent and forearms on the ground. Hold this position (with abs tightened) for up to a minute depending on your fitness level. Remember to keep your hips raised and back straight.
Similar warm-ups: Side plank, plank with arm lift
About Shelby Handran
Shelby, who’s worked in the fitness field for 14 years, has worked with clients on several different platforms from fitness classes and corrective exercise (CES-Corrective Exercise Specialist) to nutrition coaching (CNS-Certified Nutrition Specialist). He holds several certificates in personal training including NASM, ISSA, and NCSF, and runs Personalized Health and Fitness LLC in Woodinville, WA.
Past Workout Wednesdays:
- Upper Body (seated pulldown, seated incline press, single arm dumbbell row, dumbbell overhead press)
- Lower Body (leg extension, leg press, dumbbell front squat, dumbbell step-up)