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July 17, 2014

The perfect warm up for Washingtonians

Here we’re using the word “Washingtonian” as a synonym for “insanely busy”. So part of this warm-up’s perfection is that it’s QUICK while still being thorough. Plus, it has a great dramatic name:

The ***SPARTAN DYNAMIC WARM-UP***
(followed by the DYNAMIC STRETCH, both by Funk Roberts)

How better to warm up than like a Spartan? And with DYNAMISM. Anyhow, the warm-up gets your blood flowing in about 4 minutes. Then you spend another 10-ish minutes doing the DYNAMIC STRETCH routine.

 

Effective without being annoying

Just follow the short videos a few times and you’ll find that they’re both surprisingly easy to memorize. And despite the hardcore name (SPARTAN!!!!), you don’t feel like you’re going to die or anything. So it’s effective, but not too jarring if you’re coming straight out of bed.

NOTE: You do NOT need to look like this guy to complete the warm-up.

A little goes a long way

But my FAVORITE thing about this warm-up and stretch is the realization that it doesn’t really have to lead to anything. Sure, it can prep you for the best jog or blood-vessel popping workout of your life, but sometimes, ain’t nobody got time for that. Sometimes it’s just nice to get warmed up for the DAY, because that can be an epic workout in and of itself. (I’m a slow learner, and it took me a while to realize and accept that a small dose of physical activity is better than none at all.) Even this short warm-up/stretch routine has the capacity to wake me up, lighten my mood and feel more solid, particularly in the mornings.

 

What you’ll actually be doing

Here’s a sneak peak at the warm ups and stretches in the videos we’re recommending:

Spartan Dynamic Warm Up

  1. Jumping jacks
  2. Seal jacks
  3. Fighter stance hops
  4. Skiers – front and back
  5. Side-to-side hops
  6. Twists
  7. Crossover jacks
  8. Alternate side knee lifts

Dynamic Stretch

  1. Toe and heel lifts
  2. Foot circles
  3. Ankle rotations
  4. Knee circles
  5. Hip circles
  6. Spinal rotations
  7. Lateral side flex
  8. Arm circles
  9. Chest Breast Stroke
  10. Reverse/Back Stroke
  11. Elbow circles
  12. Wrist circles
  13. Finger waves (yes, even your fingers)
  14. Knee extension squats
  15. Side lunges

Again, these are by Funk Roberts. I’d like to shake his hand someday, but that would probably be at the peril of my own.

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