Copeland notes that it's important to be deliberate with your warmup (and definitely not skip it altogether!), as your workout actually begins with these pre-game stretches and strategic movements.
"Today we're gonna do a pre-run warmup, but we're gonna do it with some [resistance] bands," she says. "Now, bands are a great way to activate certain muscle groups whether you're a runner, you're doing a HIIT workout, or a strength workout. It's gonna be a great way to warm your body up and get those muscles activated."
In the video, Copeland first begins with a series of stretches: walking knee hugs, which are a good way to warm up the hip flexors; walking hamstring stretches; inner thigh stretches; and walking quad stretches.
Then, she grabs the resistance band to supercharge the rest of the movements demoed. "[With the] resistance band, you can go light to heavy," she says. "I would go on the lighter to medium sizes because this is still a warmup." Then she leads through two rounds consisting of six moves each, including my personal all-time favorite: clamshells. (Seriously! I inexplicably love them!)
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