My “magic warm-up” is a near all-out 150m 20 minutes before racing, say 95-97% top speed. Just make sure you have the timing of the race correct! Or, heaven forbid, they move your race to an earlier start time.
The warm-up is a very simple concept. You do whatever you have do, to be 100% ready when the gun goes off.
We have so many theories out there, from dynamic warm-ups to post-activation potentiation, so it’s always best to experiment in practice. (We’ll cover Loren Seagrave’s Speed Dynamics in future posts & videos)
We’ll also cover if doing too much of a warm up is bad for you and your perfomance (another future article).
So this is Part 9, the other 8 parts in the series on the Warm-Up are here:
- 3 Great Warm-up Exercises for Strength Training (by Joel Smith)
- Dynamic Warm-up, Static Stretching and Post-activation Potentiation [PODCAST]
- More on the Warm Up
- Should Sprinters Warm-Up Less, not More?
- Ian Jeffreys and the RAMP Warm Up
- Dynamic Warm Up vs. Static Stretching Controversy
- Valeri Borzov – An Hour Before the Start (A MUST READ!)
- Warming Up with High Intensity Sprinting before 100m, 800m
The warm up is essential.
You can encounter delays in the start from too many false starts. Or athlete’s protests.
The worse is having to strip to your racing clothes before you enter the stadium, as that is the new trend to save time and to keep the meets on schedule. Along with the no false-start rule!
Read & watch: Tempo Running for Recovery & Regeneration as we cover the importance of tempo running.
Dan Pfaff shares his land-based warm up for athletes
Dan Pfaff shares his land-based warm up for athletes, delivered as part of the 2019 Athletics Coaching Conference. It’s a good watch, and highly recommended.