Hi! I’m Sergio Muñoz, Olympic Athlete and also padel trainer and player.
In this article I willl talk about the importance of a good warm up before you enter the padel court. A good warm up will lead to less injuries and a better performance without a doubt.
Part 1 – ACTIVATION
3 minutes jogging ‘to get your motor started’. This can be on a running track close to the club, or just in between the padel courts.
Part 2 – ARTICULAR MOBILITY
In continuation we activate all joints by moving them without extra weights. The focus should be especially on the lower limbs, elbow, wrist and shoulders.
Part 3 – MOVEMENTS
To finish off we make some short movements in all directions, preferably by simulating padel movements. During 4 minutes of these, the intensity can rise progressively. Make sure to do some sideways and backwards movements, short sprints and lunges.
After this warm-up you’re physically ready to go on the court, do the specific padel warm-up with your opponent and enjoy your padel game! Padel is a very mental sport and an important factor is the self confidence. With physical readiness at the very start of the match, your performance will be very positively influenced.
I dare you to try it!