The best way to mentally and physically prepare for your break dance training session
I can’t break, I will injure myself…
Breakin’ is dangerous….
These are common things that people say when it comes to Breakin’. They would be correct if you were to jump into their Breakin’ training without warming up.
I know… warming up does not sound exciting (it sure didn’t catch my interest when I first started) but if I could go back to when I first started Breakin’, I wish I would have known about properly warming up.
The days and months of being frustrated that you can train because you are injured can all be avoided when you take the time to properly warm up.
Every great dancer knows that to reduce the chances of getting injured while training, you should perform some type of warm-up. But what type of warm-up should you do?
Most warm-ups I see dancers perform, whether in a class or on their own, resembles some sort of stretching routine. While this can be ok (only if they are utilizing dynamic stretching vs static stretching) it is not the best way to prepare your body for your training session.
A stretching routine is better utilized as a cool down at the end of your training session
A dynamic warm-up is the best way to prepare your joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons for your training.
It is equally important to mentally prepare yourself for the training that you are about to do. You can do this while you are physically warming up your body. You should be aware of any stiffness or problem areas of your body. You should also be thinking about what you are going to focus on and what your goals are for your training session.
Both physical and mental preparedness is key to a safe and efficient training session.
*Disclaimer: a warm-up is only effective if you plan to train immediately after warming up (or at least the time from the end of the warm up to training is minimal). The key of an effective warm up is to stay warm. Once your core body temperature and heart rate return to its resting state, the effects of the warm-up will decrease. I suggest wearing warm clothing to keep your core temperature up and also try to train in a room that is relatively warm.
The Ultimate Warm-Up is my personal warm-up that I perform before every training session (and even on days when I’m not training) to prepare every single joint, muscle, ligament and tendon from my neck to my ankles for any physical activity.
Each exercise should be performed for a minimum of 8 repetitions (or if you like to warm up to music, a minimum of two 8 counts)
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Congrats! You are now properly warmed up to begin your training session. Make sure to use this break dance warm up before each training session to avoid potential injury and get the best out of your session. Check out my guide on the best way to structure your session below
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