5 Moves to Help You Train Like an Athlete

5 Moves to Help You Train Like an Athlete

As a fitness editor, I’ve been lucky enough to train alongside some of the world’s best professional athletes and their coaches. Most recently, at a worked out with Olympic runner Carmelita Jeter, spent time on the football field with Marshall Faulk, and ended the day with a series of basketball drills led by the LA Lakers coaching team. Out on the field, these sports differ vastly from one another, but during each training session, the coaches took us through very similar warmups.

All the trainers and coaches I spoke with that day echoed the same idea. A warmup isn’t a laid-back scenario. Instead, think of it as a series of exercises that mimic the same type of movements you’ll be doing during the actual workout. The key difference is to perform these moves at a much slower pace to allow the body to adequately get itself ready for the motions you’re putting it through, which is key in injury prevention. Yes, your heart rate should be up