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Article on proper warm up for #running - Video of simple skipping exercises - Questions welcomed.

A half century ago a coach named Arthur Lydiard was conducting experiments, with himself as the lone subject, with the simple purpose of figuring out the best method to train distance runners. By the 1960 Olympics his athletes were the talk of the track and field world, confirming the efficacy of his training method. Lydiard's view on pre-race warm-ups were simple, as he states in Running the Lydiard Way (p.85-86): "The main reasons are: 1) to raise blood circulation to a pulse rate near 130 to 140 beats a minute, so that you don't have to ‘go through the gears’ in your race; and 2) to raise the body temperature and loosen up the muscles so they can function more efficiently, reducing the risk of pulling a muscle or straining a tendon." I share this a preface because, at the most elemental level, the modern warm-up is no different than Lydiard's; the warm-up needs to prepa...

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