Josh Cribbs' Multi-Purpose Warm-Up Routine
February 10, 2011
Cleveland Browns All-Pro kick returner Josh Cribbs combines a Dynamic Warm-Up with conditioning and agility work before the weight training phase of his workout.
About the Video
Cleveland Brown's wide receiver, Josh Cribbs
, explains the necessity in warming up properly to avoid injuries. Josh demonstrates his warm up routine and his conditioning and agility work out
Josh Cribbs (Cleveland Brown Wide Receiver):
You're always suppose to run and warm up your muscles before you stretch and I just did a couple across the fields, just run back and forth. Think of it as a cold rubber band, if you have a cold rubber band and you stretch it, you're going to see all those breaks and those tears in that rubber band. If that rubber band is hot and warm, you'll get the full stretch out of that rubber band without any popping and having any issues.
I'll do a little bit more warm up and get my legs into order. You want to have your hips loose to be able to change directions fast, get in and out of transitions, in and out of breaks and this can prevent muscles tears or sprains. You want to try and warm up for at least ten minutes. You don't want to really rush a workout. Depending on how warm you are and how experienced you are at working out, you can tell your body, you know when you're warmed up good enough. Typically it'll take you about ten minutes, if you try to do it any quicker the risk is too high for any injuries. When you're trying to run super fast or trying to use your whole talent, injuries go up tremendously if you don't warm up properly.
I'm doing a lot more conditioning and speed training right now to get my body prepared for the season and prepared for what's to come. Whatever position you are, you do the workouts in those fields. For wide receiver you run routes, running back you get in the backfield and simulate running plays, simulate bursting out there, and simulate a handoff. The same goes for all the other positions. Everything has a purpose.
Football is a lot of changing directions, a lot of bursts of energy, and a lot of short bursts of energy. Plays happen within a ten-yard period and you want to be able to get to this point as quick as possible, change direction and get to another point.