- All static stretching should be done first if needed! Follow with slow movements, then faster movements and end with agility/sports specific exercises.
- Elevate your heart rate for 5-10 min before warm-up: Jog (backwards, forwards), bike, speed walk, side shuffle.
- Avoid sprinting until after fast movements.
- Do slow and fast pace movements for about 12-15 feet: Basketball—End line to the top of the 3 point line; Women’s Lacrosse—End line to goal circle; Soccer Field: End line to top of goal area.
- To maximize warm-up time, try adding exercises together.
- Warm-up should total about 15-20 minutes for heart rate elevation, slow and fast movements.
- Choose exercises that are similar in movement to the activity you will be doing.
- All lunge activities can be done forward or backward.
|Slow Movement||Fast Movement||Sports Specific / Agility|
|Band walk||Skips: A, B, straight leg,
skips with arm circles
|Straight leg march||Jogging butt kicks / high knees||Running technique drills|
|Lunges||Sideway shuffle||Reaction drills|
|Leg swings||Sideway crossover||T-drill, W-drill|
|Figure 4 sits||Carioca||2 foot zigzag hops|
|Frankenstein sit||Skater jumps||Hurdle jumps|
|Marching with running technique||Leg swings||Bounding|
Lateral Band Walking:
Place a band slightly above your knees.
Easy band to start, when you get stronger, start using a harder band.
Arm movement should be like that of running: Arm moves forward when opposite leg moves forward.
The entire Dynamic Warm-up with many more stretches and photos can be viewed as a 2.2 MB PDF: DYNAMIC WARMUP.