That Was Then
Visit any 80s cross-country practice and we guarantee you’d see plenty of toe-reaches and calf stretches performed by runners before they left for their workouts. The old thinking was that static stretches would make athletes more limber in preparation for a run.
This is Runnovation.
Studies now show that static stretches (stretches you do while standing still) may actually impair performance and increase risk of injury. Instead, coaches recommend performing a dynamic warm-up, complete with movements, such as leg swings, inchworms and walking lunges before you head out the door for your run.