The Dog Days Are Over* warmup
by Engy Mohsen
This exercise is best used as a warm-up during long working sessions, especially with a group, to renew your energy levels.
One person has to guide and set the rhythm for the group
Everyone stands in a circle, not too close and not too far from each other
The guide asks everyone to bend their knees and lower their bodies a bit
Place each hand in front of you on the top of each thigh
The guide then sets a rhythm to mimic the sound of the stomping feet of a horse
Gently, slap your thighs with your hands to create that sound together
Everyone else tries to follow the rhythm while keeping a bent knee
The warm-up continues for about three minutes, or when someone’s thighs start to hurt
You slowly go back to a standing posture, and back to work
*The name is derived from a Florence + The Machine song, that we used to frequently listen to during that period, and it has a line that says:
The dog days are done
Can you hear the horses?
‘Cause here they come