When it comes to priming, we have to get more granular. We have to focus on the excellent execution of the movements we’re about to undertake, so performing movements in slow motion, with perfect control and ‘feel’ for what is happening and when. Essentially, Priming is preparation for muscles ahead of activity.
Take a weightlifter for example. Priming exercises in their case will include slow, controlled deep squats that force the muscles to fire in sequence, priming them before they go heavier. They may also perform hinge movements to engage the back and core, light weight cleans and snatches – all movements they’re about to undertake, but with control, focus and perfect technique.
A sprinter might practice starting block work. A jumper might practice take off fluency. A thrower or golfer may work on priming rotation to be smooth, yet fast and powerful.
Evidence in support of priming shows that the speed of blood oxygen uptake is increased , which we know is important for performance and injury prevention. Evidence also suggests that priming exercise may slow down the rate of muscle deoxygenation , enhancing sporting performance.
It stands to reason therefore that warm-ups and priming will go some way to offsetting the negative impacts of spending a long time in a seated position whilst travelling to a competition.