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By The One on One Team

Last Updated: 1/21/24

At One on One, Movement Prep (MP) is a vital component of everyone’s program. Although the term “movement prep” is relatively new to the fitness world, the concept is not. Essentially, MP is a sophisticated “warm-up”. A well-designed and executed MP will do the following:

  • Prepare your body physically and mentally for the specific workout ahead
  • Improve your movement quality
  • Decrease the risk of injury
  • Ensure you get the most out of your training session

Movement Prep serves three general purposes:

  • Wakes up the body

Intelligent MP activates your central nervous system, increases proprioceptive feedback (awareness in space), and engages dormant muscles (i.e. glutes, abdominals, and postural muscles in your back).

  • Warms up the body

MP is designed to gradually increase your heart rate and core temperature. Five to ten minutes of treadmill or bike work will accomplish that, but doesn’t specifically prepare your body for the workout ahead. At One on One, we prefer to start breaking a sweat through dynamic movements and by fine tuning specific movement patterns that will be used during your training session. For example, a big range of motion wood chop best prepares the ankles, knees, hips, and core to perform a heavier, more loaded squat later in the workout.

  • Addresses postural imbalances and movement dysfunctions

We know how important it is to exercise with good posture. Ensuring the body’s alignment is established prior to entering the more intense portion of the training session lends itself to safe and effective movement!

Unfortunately, MP is often rushed and not given the attention it deserves. Every aspect of your MP is tailored to address specific needs of your body, making it a critical component of a successful fitness program. Staying dedicated to your MP will allow it to progress and evolve over time helping you accomplish more with your training. 

If you have any questions concerning the benefits and purpose of your MP, be sure to speak with your trainer. For this week and moving forward, be deliberate and purposeful with your MP. It is not just what you do, but how you do it!