How to Quickly Warm Up for Pickleball
By: Tony Roig | April 6, 2024 |

How to Quickly Warm Up for Pickleball

If you want to play your best from the time you hit the courts to the time you leave, spend a few minutes getting your body and mind ready to play.

Most players underestimate the significance of a warmup. That’s your time to get your body and your mind ready to play and avoid;

      • The chance of injury to your cold muscles
      • Inability to maintain focus and stay agile throughout the game

Before you start moving around the court, elevate your heart rate or think of it like huffing and puffing. A great way to do that is walking purposefully, as as fast as you can, or perhaps a light jog, if there’s a distance from the parking lot to the court.

Don’t have that? No problem. Do it on a court or around the court, or even on the sides. Simply start by moving laterally to get your heart rate elevated.

One of my favorite drills is to pick a line and go forward and back over the line. As your body starts to warm up, increase the pace. But think huffing and puffing. Once you’re there, then you’re ready to do some dynamic stretching.

Watch the full video for the five dynamic stretches with a focus on getting your major muscle groups ready to play using the same type of motion, either a circle or a hinge.

 

Links Mentioned In The Video

5 Minute Warm Up and Dynamic Stretching plan

Beginner’s Guide and 21-Video course

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Tony Roig

Hola. Hello. Konichiwa. After 40 years playing tennis, I am now a full-time pickleball player and professional. As a 5.0 rated Senior Pro Pickleball Player and an IPTPA-certified Master Teaching Professional, my focus is on helping players like you learn to play their best pickleball. In 2016, shortly after starting to play pickleball, my friend Tom and I jumped into the highest division at the first US Open in Naples, Florida. That morning it became clear just how much there is to learn in this seemingly simple sport – a lifetime of learning if you so choose. Since 2018, I have been on a mission to share my knowledge of pickleball so other players can enjoy the game at a higher level and attain their pickleball objectives. When not studying or playing pickleball, I like to travel with my other half, Jill.