Get Up & Move
Greg Everett

Some of us don't feel like Gumby naturally, even if we actually have pretty good mobility. Often I see lifters feel stiff and uncomfortable in their workouts until they're nearly finished, at which point they observe they finally feel "warm". This should tell you that you need to change something - if you know you can get warm and feel loose eventually, it makes sense to figure out how to get that feeling at the beginning of your workouts instead of waiting until the end.

One effective way of doing this, which is less of a hassle and less of an energy drain than just warming up dramatically longer, is to get some physical activity in first thing in the morning. This can take a lot of forms, but the simplest would be running through a dynamic warm-up similar (or even identical) to what you do as part of your actual training warm-up.

This helps neurologically reset your body after it's been sedentary and in shortened positions all night, and makes it much easier to get warm and loose later for training. If you have time, precede this with a hot shower. If you have to train first thing in the morning, that hot shower will be even more helpful.

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Greg Everett is the owner of Catalyst Athletics, coach of the USA Weightlifting National Champion team Catalyst Athletics, author of the books Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches and Olympic Weightlifting for Sports, director/writer/producer/editor/everything of the documentary American Weightlifting, co-host of the Weightlifting Life Podcast, and publisher of The Performance Menu journal. He is an Olympic Trials coach, coach of over 30 senior national level or higher lifters, including national medalists, national champion and national record holder; as an athlete, he is a fifth-place finisher at the USAW National Championships, masters national champion, masters American Open champion, and masters American record holder in the clean & jerk. Follow him on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and sign up for his free newsletter here.

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