Not sure what to stretch or if you’re doing it right?
We’ve put together some essential runners stretches, with explanations as to why you should use them and technique.
The Rectus Femoris, along with the Psoas is one of the key hip flexor muscles (pulls the knee forwards and upwards while running), if tight it can severely limit hip extension subsequently shortening stride length. It can also tilt the pelvis forwards which then tightens the hamstrings and can cause severe lower back pain by causing excessive lumbar curve in the spine.
Place the laces of a foot on top of a seat/bench/box and place the same leg’s knee on the floor as close to the bench as possible. Pull your torso upwards into an upright position with your hands on the lead leg for stability. You should feel the stretch down the centre of the leg that is on the platform.