Do I need to do dynamic stretching at this pace / level?

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28/04/2014 at 16:22


Short-time lurker, first-time poster... 

I've just started a c25k programme; should I be doing dynamic stretching before starting the day's training, or is that something for rather faster runners? I'm currently doing a five-minute warm-up walk and that's about it.

Any thoughts gratefully received!

Best wishes


cougie    pirate
28/04/2014 at 16:31
I've never really stretched and I'm fine for it - but I thought the current thinking was stretching after the run - not before ?

Unless I missed an article and we're back to before running ?
28/04/2014 at 17:53
The articles I've read seem to suggest dynamic stretching before working out and static stretching afterwards. Does a slow coach like me need to do anything more than a brisk walk before commencing the day's walk / run intervals? Or is dynamic stretching more for speedsters?
28/04/2014 at 21:26
Dynamic stretching before is better and static after -

Once warm and done some dynamic stretching then a jog and static stuff is fine

Any ability is fine and it's about preparing the muscles and legs etc in the same way.

If you static stretch first - you open yourself to straining a muscle which is tight and had restricted blood flow to it!
28/04/2014 at 22:44

Just walk for a minute or two before you start, at c25k it is probably sufficient, as long as you aren't trying to run at breakneck speed. 

01/05/2014 at 11:36

Nowt wrong with getting into good habits straight away. Also if you do walking backward lunges, this will 'activate' your glutes. 

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