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Warming Up

How should I warm up for my CrossFit class?

Warming up properly is crucial before any intense workout, especially in a high-intensity program like CrossFit. Here is a suggested warm-up routine that you can follow before a CrossFit class:

  • Cardiovascular Warm-Up: Start with 1-5 minute of light cardio, such as jogging, cycling, or jumping rope, to increase your heart rate and warm up your muscles.
  • Dynamic Stretching: Perform dynamic stretches that mimic the movements you’ll be doing during your CrossFit workout. This could include leg swings, arm circles, walking lunges, and high knees.
  • Mobility Exercises: Include mobility exercises to improve the range of motion in your joints. For example, perform wrist circles, shoulder rotations, and hip circles to prepare your body for the various movements in the workout.
  • Specific Movement Preparation: Warm up the specific muscles and movements you’ll be using during the class. For example, if you know there will be squats and push-ups, do bodyweight squats and push-ups to prepare those muscle groups.
  • Practice Technique: Take some time to practice the specific techniques or movements that will be part of your CrossFit workout. This could involve practicing the proper form for Olympic lifts, kettlebell swings, or any other specific exercises that you’ll be doing during the class.
  • Practice Round with Light Reps or Sets: Perform light reps or sets of the exercises you plan to do during the CrossFit workout. Start with very light weights or just bodyweight to gradually prepare your muscles for the upcoming intensity.
  • Mental Preparation: Take a moment to mentally prepare yourself for the upcoming workout. Visualize yourself successfully completing the exercises and focus on your goals for the session.

Remember, warming up is crucial for injury prevention and optimal performance. It’s essential to gradually increase the intensity during the warm-up and not push yourself too hard before the actual workout.

Additionally, if you have any specific concerns or limitations, consider consulting your CrossFit coach to tailor the warm-up routine to your individual needs.

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