I have one warmup activity that’s absolutely non-negotiable: a dynamic range-of-motion stretch for my calf muscles. It warms up and lengthens both the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles and puts a real spring in my step.
I teach it to all my clients as well because it can make more of a difference to your running form than practically anything else, improving your lean and the mobility of your core and reducing harmful overstriding and excessive impact. I’ve just videoed it so I can share it with you as well. Here it is:
Give it a try and leave a comment letting me know how you feel.
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Jae Gruenke, GCFP, is a running technique expert and Feldenkrais Practitioner. Known as a “running form guru,” she is the Founder and CEO of The Balanced Runner™ in New York City and The Balanced Runner UK. She has helped runners from beginner to Olympian improve their form to become pain-free, economical, and fast.