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Mob-ing the New Stretching

Ye olde static stretching! Servicing runners since the beginning of time.

But is it the best way to prepare yourself for your running endeavours?

Static stretching has long been thought to improve performance and prevent injury; the reality is, it actually causes an immediate strength and power decrease whilst providing no injury reducing benefits.
Since running season is around the corner, here are a few static stretching alternatives that you can use to prepare yourself for your next run!

Get ‘Mobing’
In order to get the best performance out of your body, you should use mobilisers that take your joints through the same types of motions they experience when you run. Since a lunge is an exaggerated form of a running stride, here are 3 lunge-based ‘mobes’ that will get your system firing in all the right places:

Mobing the motion as a whole, rather than training the individual muscles will prevent injury and improve performance in ways that static stretching never could.

Train to Run

Running is just as much a skill as anything else. As such, it’s important to train your system in ways that carry over to running. Heavy squats will make you better at heavy squatting! Deadlifting will make you better at deadlifting! None of these exercises look like a running stride.

Our bodies will get the best strength carryover from exercises that look and feel as close to running as possible. As mentioned above, lunging is just an exaggerated running stride. Therefore, training the lunge at different lengths, angles and tempos will give you the most beneficial results.
You can add light resistance to the ‘mobes’ in the video above to effectively and efficiently strengthen your running stride whilst bullet-proofing your body from injury.

Rate Yourself
Running is a task that requires your body to complete the same motion repetitively for extended periods of time. As time goes on, this can cause all sorts of wear and tear issues.The good news is, you don’t always have to run for long durations to improve your running performance.

Before each run, rate your physical and mental condition on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being extremely poor, 10 being extremely good). If you’re on the bottom end of the scale, aim to complete a lower intensity session that is more mobility and movement based. If you’re on the higher end of the scale, opt for some strength and conditioning, or, high-intensity training. Another indicator that it’s time to pull back is a drop off in your performance by measuring your running time you will be able to identify when its time to pull back on your running volume.
The most important thing: listen to your body!

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