The Whartons are committed to providing people with self -care tools.  the following are free educational resources.  More in-depth instructional materials can be found at the Shop and Shop Digital


The wharton flexibility app is a free iphone app that provides an excellent introduction to the wharton flexibility program

Video resources




Articles,  publications, and other media


The following is a partial list of some of the available media resources. See the Pressroom for the complete list.

Armory Track"The Whartons at the Olympic Trials" by Christopher Hunt.  July 5, 2008. 

CBS News "Easing Back Pain Easily" by Brian Dakss. September 30, 2004. 

Coach Jay JohnsonPodcast series with Phil Wharton by Jay Johnson.  2012-2014.

Competitor Magazine How To: Active Isolated Flexibility.  Jason Devaney. July 29, 2015.

Competitor Magazine. Don't Stretch:  Interview with Phil Wharton by Matt Fitzgerald.  December 6, 2013. 

National Public Radio.  Morning Edition “Now That’s a Stretch (And It Won’t Hurt a Bit”) by Allison Aubrey.  July 27, 2006. 

National Public Radio. “Q & A: Your Questions about stretching” by Marc Silver.  August 2, 2006.

Natural Running Center.  "Running as Destiny for New U.S. 5000 Meter Indoor Record-Holder" by Mark Cucazzella.  April 4, 2013.

New York Times"Phys Ed: Does Stretching Before Running Prevent Injuries?" by Gretchen Reynolds.  September 1, 2010.

Runnersconnect.  "Properly Stretching to Avoid Injury with Active Isolated Flexibility: Interview with Phil Wharton." 

Running Times

Active Isolated Flexibility with Phil Wharton by Joel Wolpert.  January 30, 2012.

Phil Wharton: Peace Through Strength by Scott Douglas.  Photographs by Stacey Cramp.   September 13, 2011. 

 "Whartons' Simple Solutions" Series

Runner's World

A Better Way to Stretch Those Hamstrings-Here's how to avoid doing your hamstrings more harm than good.   Jim and Phil Wharton.  December 13, 2006. 

A Better Way to Stretch Your Back-Do this to stretch your back and keep tension off your hamstrings.   Jim and Phil Wharton.  June 25, 2007. 

A New Training Model-Building tough, durable runners from the ground up.   Jim and Phil Wharton.  September 20, 2005. 

Avoid Ankle Sprains-If you tend to roll your ankles a lot, try this exercise to make them stronger.   Jim and Phil Wharton.  July 23, 2007. 

Building a Strong Foundation-Increase your foot flexibility and calf strength to become a better runner.  Jim and Phil Wharton.  September 22, 2006. 

Building Strong Abdominals-Good abs lead to better form and faster running. Here's how to get some.   Jim and Phil Wharton.  September 22, 2006. 

Cure Runner's Knee-Here's how to get rid of this painful runners ailment.   Jim and Phil Wharton.  May 24, 2007. 

Dream Team: When Elite Runners Need a Quick Fix, They Seek Out These Mr. Fix-Itsby Susan Rinkunas.  July 16, 2008. 

Ensure a Safe Landing-During winter slips and trips are inevitable.  Might as well train yourself to fall correctly.   Jim and Phil Wharton.  November 2, 2006. 

Flexibility: Loosen Up-Give us three weeks and we'll take your running to a new level.  Jim and Phil Wharton.  January 24, 2007. 

Get Over It: Foot Pain - You can't go far when your feet hurt.  Here's how to find relief.  July 8, 2008.

Get Over It: Piriformis Pain-Stretching and strengthening-plus sitting less-can bring relief.  Jim and Phil Wharton. May 29, 2008. 

Get Over It: Shin Pain - Exercises and advice to keep your lower legs strong.  Jim and Phil Wharton.  May 1, 2008. 

Get Rid of Shoulder Tension-Upper body tightness can slow you down.  Here's how to loosen up.  Jim and Phil Wharton.  April 7, 2008.

How to Get Rid of Popping Hip Syndrome-Strengthen your hip flexors to get rid of this noisy problem.  Jim and Phil Wharton.  March 7, 2008

How to Stretch Your Calf Muscles-Elastic, flexible calf muscles can soften the shock at the first point of impact--your foot and ankle region.  Jim and Phil Wharton.  October 14, 2005. 

Learn to Run Hills-Follow these elements of the Wharton Model and you'll be able to climb any hill come race day.   Jim and Phil Wharton.  April 1, 2006. 

Learn to Stretch Your Inner Thighs-Do this stretch to gently lengthen your adductors and reduce your risk of injury.  Jim and Phil Wharton.  August 29, 2007. 

Long Run Survival-Follow this routine to recover from long runs.  Jim and Phil Wharton.  August 16, 2006. 

Prehab: Hamstrings-Preventing hamstring injuries before they happen.  Jim and Phil Wharton.  May 24, 2007. 

Prevent and Treat Bunions-Sidelined by a big toe?  It can happen.  Here's how to get relief.  Jim and Phil Wharton.  January 9, 2008.

Prevent Ligament Sprains-Winter increases the risk of ligament sprains.  Here's how to deal.  Jim and Phil Wharton.  November 26, 2007. 

Relieve Low Back Pain-Try these stretches to rid your aching back.   Jim and Phil Wharton.  November 2, 2006. 

Relieve Plantar Fasciitis-Try these exercises and stretches to relieve plantar fasciitis.  Jim and Phil Wharton.  January 3, 2007. 

Relieve Your Tight Iliotibial Band-Add this active-isolated stretch to lenghten the ITB without causing harm.   Jim and Phil Wharton.  March 8, 2007. 

Rest Well-Recover from marathon training the right way.   Jim and Phil Wharton. October 4, 2006. 

Resting Well-Tapering is a critical component of marathon training that is often overlooked.   Jim and Phil Wharton.  September 10, 2006. 

Self Test:  Are Your Legs Uneven?  Don't overcompensate for an uneven gate.   Jim and Phil Wharton.  November 11, 2005. 

Stop Pain in Its Tracks-Use these 5 "quick release" moves that can ease your pain while keeping you in the game.  Jim and Phil Wharton.  September 22, 2006. 

Stretch and Strengthen At Once-Try doing this simple hamstring curl to strengthen and stretch your muscles to prevent injuries.  Jim and Phil Wharton.  September 19, 2007. 

Stretch Your Calves Correctly-Use this demonstration to learn how to keep your calves loose and your stride in perfect form.  Jim and Phil Wharton.  November 12, 2007. 

Structured Recovery-Here's how to ensure you don't do too much too soon after a marathon.  Jim and Phil Wharton. December 6, 2006. 

When to Stop Running-5 signs that say put on the brakes.   Jim and Phil Wharton.  December 1, 2006. 


Flexibility Video Preview.  Phil Wharton.

Strength Video Preview.  Phil Wharton.

Abductor.  Jim Wharton. 

Frozen Shoulder.  Phil Wharton.

Gluteal. Jim Wharton.

Piriformis.  Jim Wharton

Quadracept.  Jim Wharton. 

Wharton Lower Leg Exercises.  Phil Wharton.