Originally Posted by Paul Jones
Something gets lost when I do it vs when a team of racers do a group warm up.
If you are the only one, then you look like an ass. I am very image conscious
Conversely, if you are the only one, you look like a leader. Okay, that may be a stretch. :)
I have started doing this warmup when I ski, and the first time, I felt a bit self-conscious, I will admit. Particularly since the way our hill is setup, the instructors tend to click in right next to the lift. So there I am next to the lift line doing my warmup. And yes, I am getting looks.
But three things occurred to me that put me at ease:
- every person in that line up who has tight muscles, sore backs, knees or necks (which is probably at least 70% of the over 30 crowd) is probably thinking they should be doing the same and is looking to see what I'm doing vs thinking I'm "flapping around like an idiot". Honestly, I could see it in the expressions that most people were curious as opposed to critical.
- about 5 years ago I started doing dynamic warmups before indoor ultimate games, and I was the only one. Ultimate players were like skiers in that regard - no or minimal warmup before playing - but lots of hamstring strains, groin strains, shin splints, knee injuries...Fast forward 5 years and about half the players do that same warmup, or a close version of it.
- and the one that trumps all for me: I will be tight and sore later that night or the next day if I don't warm-up. I don't want to be tight and sore.
Just my perspective. But I do realize that it's intimidating to be the only one doing something. But if you think it makes sense for you, then you should do it.