P.E. Classes Warm-ups Part 2

The other areas you want to make sure you cover in your warm-ups include lengthening the muscles, especially the hip flexors (iliopsoas) and the hamstrings. These two areas typically a very tight prior to  a warm-up, especially if your students have been sitting in a few classes before they get to yours. Also think about their spine. You want to make sure you work the flexion/Extension and Rotation of the vertebrae. Finally make sure you do some exercises that introduce proper vertical load into each of the structural joints and finish with movements that are activity specific. Also do not forget that you want to try and follow the strength progression we talked about in the philosophy (supine, prone, crawl, walk).

So now knowing the components of a workout lets also take a look at a few variables that will affect the type of exercises you can do. 

1. Surface – make sure that you are choosing exercises that are appropriate for the ground beneath you. 

2. Age/Population/Body Types – we will discuss how various ages require different types of stimulus to prepare their bodies for activity. Also how to warm-up various size groups.

3. Time – obviously the length of time you have to work with will greatly impact how you structure your warm-up.

Next lets do a few example Warm-ups.

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