I know what you’re thinking. “I’ve mustered up enough motivation to workout and now I have to do a whole pre workout routine before I even workout?!”
Failing to plan is planning to fail.
Harsh I know, but it’s true. This pre-workout routine will take you no time at all and it will make a real difference to what you’re doing in the gym.
Having a solid routine before I start working out has actually increased my motivation and helped me avoid injury. I’ve talked about this on my Facebook Page before but it has become my favourite thing about working out. Even when I don’t feel motivated to do so, following these 5 steps fixes that in an instant!
Fuel your workout
Firstly, I always make sure to eat something before I workout. Nothing big, just a small snack – like a handful of almonds (my favourite). Even some fruit, a smoothie or anything light.
This ensures that you will have enough energy to push yourself that little bit harder without feeling light-headed.
It’s also not enough to make you feel like you’re going to vomit right in the middle of your workout. We’ve all been there, and it’s NOT FUN! So make sure you have a little snack beforehand.
What do you want?
Second, in my pre-workout routine, I like to mentally set myself an outcome or a goal for my workout. Sometimes it’s increasing the weight on a specific exercise or other times it’s just working harder in general.
This gives the workout you are doing on that day a purpose. It can be easy to lose focus of why we are trying to improve our lives, or other times we can feel overwhelmed by just how far away our end goal is.
Setting a purpose for each workout gives you something small to work towards in the now
Insert gif of that goat from the Hood-Winked movie singing “Be prepared, be prepareddddd.” If you’re not sure what I’m on about, you’re missing out. Anyway;
Next, I like to go through the workout. If it’s one I haven’t myself planned, I make sure that I am aware of any modifications I need to make.
When I had my slowly healing shoulder injury, there were often exercises I couldn’t do. This step that takes about 1 minute has saved me time and prevented further injury. I’m always prepared and focused on what I can do in every workout.
Warm up your muscles!
I know you hate this (only because I do too) but you’ve gotta do it!
Warming up is important when it comes to preventing injury. By warming up, you’re getting your muscles ready, lubricating your joints and getting yourself in the zone! I normally keep my warm up short and effective, incorporating things like skipping, burpees and stairs.
The last step in my pre-workout routine is muscle activation! Activating the muscles you plan to use by doing activation exercises switch them on and allow them to fire more effectively throughout the workout. I especially love activating my glutes before doing anything that involves my legs.
The best thing to use for activation exercises is resistance bands. I looooveeee my resistance bands!
Whether you’re doing a class, my workout of the week or your own thing, give this routine a try. It will improve your workout and motivate you when you’re not feeling it. Guaranteed.
And don’t forget that your post-workout routine is just as important and effective as this pre-workout routine.