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(August) Biomechanics Coaching Session GIVEAWAY

JULY’S GIVEAWAY RESULTS!!!

Wow, July’s giveaway was a hitttt!! Thanks all for participating!! As picked officially by rafflecopter here, the winner is… Kashi D!!

I know a few of you will be disappointed you didn’t win, so I am hosting another giveaway for August!! See below and participate!

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Nine out ten people I have coached were wrong when describing their running form. And if no one had video-taped them before, how could they possibly know?? Have you ever seen your running technique close up, frame by frame? No matter how fast or slow you are, there is always something you can do to perfect or injury-proof your running skills.

Not sure what you are doing, form-wise? Or why it sometimes hurt? You know you could run better, faster, or more efficiently? You know you could glide…? Have you been injured? You know you should change your form but not sure what or how?

I am here to help!! I am giving away a Biomechanics Coaching Session a month!

Why do you need a Biomechanics Coach?

Very simple! Running is a skill and it needs to be mastered to avoid injuries and become effortless.
Over 80% of runners get injured every year, and most injuries are caused by a lack of certain skills.
Master the skills of running and you will become an efficient and injury-proof runner!

There are many ways to enter, simply follow the super simple instructions in the Rafflecopter giveaway!

At the end of August, the widget will randomly generate a winner and we’ll announce it here. PS: one condition, we are meeting in Central Park for the session!

And, if you don’t want to wait or just have bad luck with raffles, email me and we can set up a 1×1 session.

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A Biomechanics Coaching Session – July Giveaway

Nine out ten people I have coached were wrong when describing their running form. And if no one had video-taped them before, how could they possibly know??

Have you ever seen your running technique close up, frame by frame? No matter how fast or slow you are, there is always something you can do to perfect or injury-proof your running skills.

Not sure what you are doing, form-wise? Or why it sometimes hurt? You know you could run better, faster, or more efficiently? You know you could glide…? Have you been injured? You know you should change your form but not sure what or how?

I am here to help!! I am giving away a Biomechanics Coaching Session this month!

Why do you need a Biomechanics Coach?
Very simple! Running is a skill and it needs to be mastered to avoid injuries and become effortless.
Over 80% of runners get injured every year, and most injuries are caused by a lack of certain skills.
Master the skills of running and you will become an efficient and injury-proof runner!

There are many ways to enter, simply follow the super simple instructions in the Rafflecopter giveaway! At the end of July, the widget will randomly generate a winner and we’ll announce it here. PS: one condition, we are meeting in Central Park for the session!

And, if you don’t want to wait or just have bad luck with raffles, email me and we can set up a 1×1 session.

Running Biomechanics: NO to leaning

Some running coaches will tell you to lean. Some running methods will also tell you to lean (chi-running, POSE method, etc.)
Don’t listen.
They tell you that if you lean forward, your feet will catch your fall, and voila, that’s running. They explain that “running is a constant fall”.
(And, seriously, is that what you want your running to feel like, like you are falling??? I want to FLY!)

Leaning as a cue does not work. 90% of runners don’t do it right.
You’re supposed to lean at the ankles. And as hard as you try, if you “think” about leaning, you’ll lean at the hip, or the waist. The posture breaks down, then you have to overstride to catch the “falling”. Leaning does NOT work as a posture cue.

There IS a natural lean that happens when running, but that cue does not work as way to improve your posture.

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Running Biomechanics: Watch Yourself!!

Until you get your form analyzed, you really have no idea what you are doing.
We all think we run like Kenyans or Ethiopians that win marathons or 10ks but we just need a little tweaking.
But until you see yourself in video, you really don’t know.

That is why I like to start my coaching sessions asking clients to tell me what they think their form looks like. And then the horror shock comes around. I even had the occasional kenyan get really upset when I what his form looked like, and was so disappointing to learn perfect form does not come naturally to everyone. The truth is, we all have a very romantic idea of what we look like. And it doesn’t always pan out that way.

Make sure you get some video, and have an open mind about it. There’s free apps like ubersense, or SloPro you can use to film yourself and slow it down and compare.
And it’s always better outside, on the road, the treadmill forces an un-natural gait.

Running Biomechanics: There are ONLY three human forms of locomotion

– Walking
You “land” on your heel and roll to the ball of the foot, with a load of just your body weight for every step.

– Running
You land on the ball of the foot first and then put down the heel. Because of the swifter movement, you’re now hitting the ground with two times your body weight. And because of this added weight on each footfall, you have to be careful and make sure you’re doing this right. (Or else)

– Sprinting
You land on the ball of the foot, and there is no heel touching the ground. Now it’s three times your body weight and because it is faster there is no time for the heel to come down and the elastic recoil takes care of the forward push.

All other combinations are just non-efficient mutations. Like the one where humans combine the heel to toe form (from walking) with two body weights (from running)… that’s what Ron Burgundy would call “yogging”. Don’t do it!