Warm-Ups / Stretching
Class starts with 5 minutes
of running then followed by warm-up stretching.
There are two type of
stretching, first there is the warm-up stretch. The body should be
properly warmed up prior to any stretching. A warmer body increases the blood
flow, elasticity of the muscles, ligaments and tendons. This will help prevent
injuries. A short warm-down should be included at the end of all workouts.
Second, there is
flexibility stretching. This should be done when the body is at its
warmest. This stretching will increase the range of motion. The end of a
strenuous workout is an excellent time for flexibility stretching.
Prior to class, warm-up
exercises should be done to loosen your muscles and prepare them for a strenuous
workout. In addition to improving your performance, warm-up exercises are
necessary to prevent injury to your muscles. It is not wise to throw any hand or
foot techniques without proper warm-up. Generally, five to ten minutes of
warm-ups are required under normal conditions. Cold days and early mornings will
require additional time. Basic movements should increase in intensity gradually
to prevent injury.