If You’re Not Sweaty, You’re Not Ready.
It’s 2008 and 15 year old Ben is sitting at Track Practice.
It’s the infamous part of the track season in Pennsylvania, March, where the odds of practice being canceled due to snow is greater than rain.
The coaches sat us down and were giving us a long spiel about how to perform at your best in our meets. Even to an ultra-competitive performance junkie it was pretty dry.
Then our jumping coach had something to say that I never forgot…
“If You're Not Sweaty, You're Not Ready.”
Maybe I remember because that coach was my mother, but -as a teenage boy- probably not.
I think the simplicity (and truth) in that statement is what stood out to me.
And as it comes to sports performance, there’s very few scenarios where that is untrue.
That’s why if you view my programming almost every session starts with a thermoregulatory warm-up.
This type of warm-up is -without question- an essential part of the skeleton of a session.
The "thermo" part of the warm-up raises your core temperature, where muscles and joints will feel and perform their best.
So a thermoregulatory warm-up is like essentially a “warm-up warm-up.”
It’s a bit redundant, which is why you don’t hear our coaches say that name much, but it’s why we often jump on a bike or a rower for 5-10 minutes before we start more specific movement prep.
It’s not complicated and it doesn’t take long, but it’s an essential step towards getting the best out of your workout.