The Importance of Warm Up Exercises | Team Afterburn

If there is one thing that is consistent about every single Afterburn workout, it’s the warm up exercises at the beginning of every single class! Warming up helps us out in several ways, including a buildup to an increased heart rate, improved circulation throughout our body, and also getting us mentally and physically prepared for the workout ahead!

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Why Warm Up Exercises

Imagine getting out of your nice, warm, comfy bed in the morning and having to get ready for the day. It’s a gradual process and not something that happens right away!  It’s the same concept when you prepare yourself to work out. You want to get your body both physically and mentally ready for the physical demands that lie ahead!


Increased Blood Circulation

A proper warm up will help increase blood circulation throughout your body, including to your muscles, tendons and ligaments. It’s like putting oil on that squeaking chain. We look for several key things to happen during the warm up: an increased heart rate, warming up muscles to avoid injury, increased flexibility in our ligaments and tendons, and ultimately reducing the likelihood of tears.


Mental Preparedness

In addition to the physical benefits, we also need to prepare ourselves mentally for each workout. Your mind can ease into the workout. When we ask our bodies to perform at peak level and demand every ounce of energy, we are putting an increased amount of stress on our bodies and on our minds. When we gradually work our way in to the workout, we can handle to stress and overall shock factor that we are putting on our bodies and perform at a much higher level!


At Team Afterburn we understand that every aspect of working out is important. From the warmup, to the demonstration, to the workout itself, to the foam rolling at the end, and yes to the time you spend outside of class as well! Come see for yourself through our 6-week trial package and let us help you change your life for the better and meet your goals! View the offer at and also view us on Facebook at

At Team Afterburn, one of the core elements that we pride ourselves on is the group training aspect of the program. Research indicates that group training offers a variety of benefits that you simply do not see when working out alone or with an individual personal trainer! In fact, people tend to give more effort and ultimately stay more committed over a longer period of time when working in a group training environment!


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  1. Motivation:

When you’re working out alone, those free weights, machines, and treadmills probably never gave you a high five or told you what a great job you were doing! In a group training environment, you’ve got a class full of people just like you and a trainer who wants nothing more than for you to succeed, and the motivation and support is never ending!

2.Positive Addiction:

Addictions aren’t always bad! In fact, research shows that working out in a group training environment releases feel-good endorphins which can be beneficial to our workout and lives.

3.Cost benefits:

Group training offers a way to get all of the benefits of a personal trainer for a fraction of the cost! Where can you get that kind of attention, accountability, and goal setting without breaking the bank! At Team Afterburn, of course!

  1. Variety:

When working out alone, its often the same routine week in and week out. Who wouldn’t quit when things get boring? It’s how we are! At Team Afterburn we keep things interesting on a regular basis! The classes alternate daily from cardio to resistance and the classes also change from month to month with different muscle group pairings to fend off the complacency that our body natural develops!

  1. Safety:

Working with certified personal trainers in a group setting environment is second to none! Trained in proper form, our coaches also demonstrate every exercise and would never ask you to do something we wouldn’t do ourselves or haven’t shown you first!

  1. Time effective:

Personal trainers only have so much time in their day and if the time you want is already taken up by another client, then you are out of luck! At Team Afterburn we offer classes throughout the day and you are never committed to a specific time each day! This lends itself perfectly to a busy and unpredictable schedule! Plus, all we ask for is 45 min of your time each class!

  1. Anti-aging:

At Team Afterburn you are constantly challenging yourself in new ways and adding new things to your routine, which helps with the anti aging process!

  1. Challenging:

As mentioned earlier, people state that they find themselves working harder when in a group training environment! Our bodies tend to plateau over time and we don’t work as hard when the results aren’t coming the way we would like. When we are in that group training environment, we push ourselves past those imaginary limits we have set for ourselves!

  1. Friendship:

If you have ever been to one of our classes or follow us on Facebook, you’d know that our members become fast friends! Our members are not only friends inside the gym, but also develop meaningful friendships outside of the gym as well. After all, you already have that commitment to health and fitness in common!

  1. Cross training:

As we said previously, we tend to plateau when we do the same things over and over. Cross training is a great way to fight off that complacency, work different muscle groups and also avoid injury.


If these 10 reasons aren’t enough to come try out Team Afterburn, then maybe a one-on-one assessment is what you need! We all need to continuously strive to improve our health and fitness, no matter who we are! Come down to the studio and check us out, but in the meantime visit us online at and on Facebook at


At Team Afterburn we stress that we not only transform your body, but we help change your life as well on your journey to lose weight. That second part is probably the hardest thing for people who want to lose weight, and the reality is that we need that before the body transformation can begin. It’s not an easy journey but that’s exactly why we are here to help you every step of the way!


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Studies have suggested that less than 1% of formerly obese people who lose weight will maintain that weight loss. Does this mean that once fat we are all doomed to stay fat? Absolutely not!


Losing weight and keeping it off long term is a hard journey, but one that is worth every calorie burned and every life changing decision! Let’s take a look at a few of the steps you can start taking right away that will get you on the right track:


1: The right mindset!

We tend to think in one of two ways when we make a commitment to lose weight:

  1. A temporary change in the way we look at things.
  2. A complete commitment to a new lifestyle.

Your mindset determines your success. There is no in between. Once you’ve gotten the mindset of a new lifestyle, you’ve accomplished your first very big hurdle.


2: New Habits

Once we have the right mindset, we need to put action behind the thoughts. Slowly but surely we can begin to transform the things we do on a daily basis and especially the things we eat to replicate that of a fit and healthy lifestyle and ultimately lose weight. Start right now by kicking the sugary drinks to the curb or saying no to that fast food on your way home!


3: Your Environment

We can’t stack the odds against ourselves and expect to be successful! We must change the things around us to promote a healthier way of life! Clean out that pantry of the bad things, get the family to buy in to a better way of living, go for a walk instead of watching tv! Your weekend habits make a difference as well. Don’t stay out as late; get some sleep and get up in the morning for a nice hike!


4: Good Nutrition

Know what you are putting in your body! You’ve heard us say countless times that calories in vs calories out will have a direct impact on the scale. Let’s take it a step further and now start looking at the types of foods we are eating. Challenge yourself to become knowledgeable on types of fats and the impact of sodium and sugar and other ingredients!


5: Your Support System

Probably as important as you in this whole equation is those around you! It is so much easier to achieve a goal when you have everyone in your corner! That is exactly why we love the team atmosphere at Team Afterburn! You can cultivate new friendships, develop fun competitions, and overall just be happy for yourself and others as you see the transformation taking place! Of course you have your family and friends outside of the gym as well. Let them know how you are doing, be proud of the success you are seeing the hard work you are putting in to making a better you!


We are here to help with all of these things here at Team Afterburn! The commitment to lose weight is a hard journey but not one you have to go alone! We will be there from start to finish, keeping you accountable, motivating you, and making sure you have a great time becoming the new you!


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