4 Top Trainers Share Their Foolproof Pre-Workout Routines
In the age of boxing models, actresses-turned-health gurus, and Insta-famous wellness accounts, it's safe to say that wellness is trending—and we couldn't be happier. But for the few of us who have yet to fully commit to the greener non-GMO pastures on the other side, it's hard to know where to begin.
Sure, we'd all love to say we're going to get up tomorrow and go to the gym, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but that's easier said than done, especially if you're not sure where to begin. So to nail down a starting point, and glean the best tips and tricks, we approached a few top trainers about their pre-workout routines. Because, well, baby steps. And their answers were surprisingly refreshing and doable. (Hint: More than just drinking water and stretching are involved.)
Whether you keep reading for that final push to secure your spot on the band wagon, or if you're simply curious how to upgrade your already stellar routine, keep reading to find out what these trainers' pre-workout routines entail.
Trainer and Holistic Nutritionist
"My pre-workout routine goes something like this (but varies a bit depending on what I'm doing, like going to a studio class versus working out outside): To start off, I fill my water bottle to ensure I'm staying hydrated before, during, and after my workouts. Then, I'll use a foam roller. Even if it is quick, I like to roll through the length of my back, lower back QL area, and IT bands.
"Next, I fix my mane. I have a lot of hair, and if it falls in my face or distracts me in some way, I'm not fully present in my workout. Ponytail or a big, secure bun on top of my head works best for me. I also always make sure to wear the right clothes. It's incredible that fitness is so fashionable (it makes my 'work clothes' way cooler these days), but function is most important to me. As is the same principle with the hair—if I'm distracted by my pants slipping down or my bra not supporting me, then I'm not as present in my workout.
"Another key to my pre-workout routine is trying to focus on getting ready to breathe deeply. If I know I'm stressed and will need some help to get into my breath while exercising, I'll put a little dab of essential oils on my wrists or collarbone or have a really strong mint beforehand to help me to remember and intensify my breath. Last, but not least: positive talk. I love to move, but some days I'm exhausted or not fully in it. I always try to envision how I'm going to feel post workout and then go into my session with the intention of working toward that positive end goal."
Trainer and Athleta Brand Ambassador
"My pregame consists of two to three glasses of water and a light snack about an hour before I work out. Drinking water is important to keep hydrated. I also like to have a bowl of oatmeal, a granola bar, or a piece of fruit—these are simple carbohydrates that digest super quickly and give me great energy.
"Next, I always like to ease into a workout with some light breathing exercises to release any tension and to relax my mind and body. To get my body warm, I engage in dynamic stretching like jumping jacks, push-ups, big arm circles, or running in place. The most important tool that I add to my pre-workout is a positive mind so that I can achieve the best results and finish my workout with a bang!"
Founder, LEK Fit
"As soon as I wake up, I make warm water with lemon to help rehydrate and flush my digestive system. While I'm sipping that, I'll ice roll my face to help reduce any puffiness—plus, it feels amazing first thing in the a.m.
"When I know I'll be sweating, I don't like to use much on my face except for a hydration stabilizer that my esthetician, Shani Darden, put me on. I made the switch because using my regular moisturizer before a sweat sesh was causing too many breakouts.
"And since I'm a mom, I prefer to teach my 9:15 a.m. classes so I can hang with my kids before they head off to school. While they eat breakfast, I'll make a green juice with spinach, celery, cilantro, lime, and ginger. I really think starting your day with a glass of antioxidants and nutrients is key for staying healthy inside and out, plus it sets you up to make healthier choices throughout the day.
"For my breakfast, I usually eat a hard-boiled egg or some almonds with berries, and a shot of espresso—just enough to provide important nutrients and a boost of energy before my workout. I'll then check emails, social media, and get my playlist set for the day before getting kisses from my littles and heading back to the studio."
Thumbtack Personal Trainer
"I like to work out first thing in the morning, which often means getting up and out the door as quickly as possible! I always lay out my workout clothes and shoes the night before so I'm not scrambling in the morning. The first thing I do is put on my clothes and lace up my shoes so I'm ready to go (staying in my pj's has me tempted to relax at home). I don't have a huge appetite in the morning but hydrating and getting in calories is crucial to performance. My go-to is an amped-up iced matcha latte:
- 10 ounces almond milk
- 2 tbsp. collagen powder by Bulletproof
- 1 tsp. matcha powder by Pana Tea
- 1 tsp. coconut palm sugar
- 1 tsp. MCT oil by Bulletproof
- Splash of vanilla
Blend everything together and pour over ice.