5 Reasons Why You Should Always Warm Up With an Empty Barbell
Warm Up Your Muscles
Firstly, warming up with an empty barbell is a great way to get your muscles moving without putting them under too much strain.
If you have ever tried to lift heavy without warming up, you know how painful it can be. Weights can also feel much heavier without a proper warm-up beforehand, so warming up with an empty barbell could even help you lift heavier weights in your gym session.
Mentally Switch On
Lifting with an empty barbell is also an excellent opportunity to mentally switch on and focus on your gym session.
Most of us work stressful jobs which require our full focus. Sometimes it can be hard to switch off from work and focus on our gym session if we jump into lifting weights too quickly.
Choosing to warm up with an empty barbell allows you to mentally dial into your session and focus on what you are working on and want to achieve from the class.
Drill Technical Aspects of Your Lifts
Using an empty barbell is not just to help warm up your muscles, though. It is also a fantastic way to drill your technique and ensure you are lifting as efficiently as possible.
The more technically proficient your lifts are, the more weight you will be able to lift in the future.
Lifting with an empty barbell is also a fantastic way to prevent injuries from occurring. For starters, it will help you warm up your muscles before lifting heavy, which prevents the chance of muscle strains occurring.
On top of that, lifting with an empty barbell will help improve your technique, which ensures you don’t end up in a compromising position while lifting that could cause unnecessary strain on your body.
Become Accustomed To Your Surroundings
Finally, lifting with an empty barbell is the easiest way to get familiar and comfortable with your surroundings.
Even if you are familiar with the gym you are lifting in, using an empty barbell allows you to feel comfortable with your position in the gym, establish how much space you have, pick a target to focus your eyes on when you lift, and any other pre-lifting routines you might have.
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