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David J Collins 08-14-2010 04:41 AM

Advice on Running
I have a guy I have been helping along for awhile and his running form is, well not the best. Does anyone have any advice on how to help him with form? He's tall with long legs so he should be able to stride it out, but he shuffles to the point of almost speed walking. I was thinking maybe starting with sprints so that he can have his body learn how to stretch it out and then start increasing the distance till he finds that nice rhythm and not shuffling. I am open to all suggestions.

Thanks in advance!

Eric Montgomery 08-14-2010 08:20 AM

Re: Advice on Running
Have you checked out POSE running drills and the videos on the CFJ and CFE website?

David J Collins 08-15-2010 07:13 PM

Re: Advice on Running
No I have not, I have read about Pose from other places and from a few of the other guys I train with. I myself am trying to learn it right now, but wasn't sure I needed to be teaching him till I had it down a little better. But, I'll look in to it.

Eric Montgomery 08-15-2010 09:40 PM

Re: Advice on Running
You could also have him do some barefoot running. Running barefoot or in VFFs tends to be self-correcting on your form because most people will run POSEish if they don't have shoes with thick cushioned heels. Doing it on grass or sand is a good way to start if you want to minimize impact.

Start things out short like you said--50-100m repeats at 90% of max speed or something like that, and don't do too many at first.

Steven Low 08-15-2010 10:11 PM

Re: Advice on Running
Barefoot in the grass....

David J Collins 08-21-2010 07:55 AM

Re: Advice on Running
Hey guys, thanks for the input. I'll try to start small with him and see where we can get after 6 months of being in the desert. He needs some new shoes anyway, so I'll if I can't push him towards some VFF's or maybe the Nike Free's.

Eric Montgomery 08-21-2010 08:18 AM

Re: Advice on Running
Puma, Adidas, Mizuno, and Asics all make some good minimalist running shoes and they tend to be cheaper than Nikes. You can usually find some Puma K-Streets or Salohs for around $60 and they're good for POSE running and for mixed-modality workouts.

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