Dynamic stretching is a great thing to do before a hard workout or a race. We want to work our muscles through their full range of motion by lengthening and shortening them in order to prepare to run fast. Check out the exercises in the video and start incorporating them into your warmups!
Hi, I’m Joanna Murphy, I’m a New Balance Boston athlete, and CoachUp coach. And this, is dynamic stretching.
Dynamic stretching is a great thing to do before a hard workout or a race, The idea is - as opposed to static stretching which holds the muscle in length and position - we want to work the muscle through its full range of motion by lengthening and shortening it, in order to prepare it to run fast. So these exercises aren’t far off from your basic stretches, but unlike stretching where we’re holding the position for a long period of time, we’re only gonna hold these for a few seconds, and we’re gonna do them through movement while walking. We still want to hit the main muscle groups.
So the first stretch we’re gonna do is just a basic knee grab, you’re gonna bring the knee up and across the body, the idea is to feel the stretch in the glute. The next one is a quad grab, pretty standard quad stretch, the idea is to open up the hips and feel the stretch and the front of the thigh. The next stretch is to hit the back of the legs, you’re gonna bring the leg out in front of you, point the toe up towards you. You’re gonna reach down towards it.