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5 May 2011

Why Does the Modern Foot Look the Way It Does?

You were born with perfect feet. So what happened along the way? The human foot is designed such that the toes are spread and extended. This allows for optimal balance and stride. In societies where mainly flip-flops or sandals are used, foot integrity is maintained through life and foot problems are avoided. In industrialized societies however, the foot’s […]

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5 May 2011

Effective Fat Burning for Energy Will Lower Your Times and Shed Weight

by Mark Cucuzzella, M.D. There is a scene from “The Matrix” where Morpheus shows Neo two pills. “This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red […]

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1 May 2011

Elastic Recoil

A key difference between walking and proper (mid- and forefoot) running is how the foot muscles work, and, in particular, the energy used for propulsion. The walking body acts more like an inverted pendulum, swinging along step-by-step, literally vaulting over stiff legs with locked knees. Muscles use the body’s metabolic energy created by conversion of […]

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1 May 2011

Cadence

Humans move in an incredibly similar fashion regarding cadence or tempo.  It may be hard to believe, but most of us all run about 180 steps per minute. Anyone who is healthy normally walks at a basic pace of about 120 steps per minute. Even during our daily activity has been shown to have a […]

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28 April 2011

VivoBarefoot: All About Proprioception (the “Sixth Sense'”)

Free downloadable eBook from VIVOBarefoot and written by world-renowned U.K. barefoot running coach Lee Saxby.With forewords from Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run and Harvard University’s “Barefoot Professor” Daniel Lieberman. The eBook delivers  step-by-step guide to reducing injury and reawakening the innate skill of running, and demystifies proprioception, the secret to optimum performance. Topics covered: 1. We Have Forgotten […]

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25 April 2011

12 Visualization Cues to Help You Run More Efficiently

by  Lieutenant Colonel (Dr.) Dan Kuland, U.S. Air Force Chief of Health Promotion. I spent many years as a high-jumper battling gravity. The world record holder at the time was Valery Brumel from Siberia.  Brumel combined physical ability, sound training, and mental imagery to jump seven feet six inches.  My coach took special note of […]

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11 April 2011

Pronation and Supination

During walking and running, pronation and supination normally occur in the foot. Pronation is important for optimal movement and shock absorption. During foot strike, many changes take place—the foot begins to roll inward, everting slightly, and the arch flattens. This is called pronation. It is a normal action—one that occurs in every step in every […]

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7 April 2011

New National Barefoot Run Series Sponsored by Merrell (Of Course You Can Race in Shoes!)

The Merrell Naked Foot 5K is the first race of its kind in the country- participants bring a pair of shoes to donate and then run the race barefoot or in minimalist footwear. Here are the cities and dates: Santa Barbara, CA; May 21;  
Boulder, CO: June 18
; Minneapolis, MN: August 20; 
Grand Rapids, MI: […]

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6 April 2011

Inov-8’s Approach to Injury-Free Minimalist Footwear

Inov-8, a favorite footwear among billy-goating trail runners, was born on the other side of the pond. This British company recently published a detailed info page on its website summarizing some of the ongoing research concerning barefoot and minimalist running. Another smart innovative touch is its decision to come out with a “transition booklet” to help […]

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6 April 2011

Nike Free Design — An “Evolution” in Thinking

Tobie Hatfield (Nike Innovation Kitchen Director) and Jeff Pisciotta (Nike Sports Research Lab Director) discuss Nike Free Design in this just-released video (March 2011.) As Hatfield says, it’s been an evolving process of learning ever since the Frees were first introduced in 2004, as Nike continues its research and study of “barefoot in motion.”

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5 April 2011

Will It Blend?–Two Nike Running Shoes and the Free’s Sole Get Pulverized in a Blender

Mad kitchen-scientist Tom Dickson has delighted millions of YouTube viewers with the all-powerful blender called the Blendtec. The whirling blades have destroyed golf balls, light bulbs, iPhones and iPads, and much more. In this video, the diabolical Dickson makes a foul-tasting, unSmoothie out of a Nike Air Max 90 from the early 90s, a sole from the […]

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4 April 2011

Barefoot Persistence Hunting on the Sea Floor

Man first emerged from the depths of sea as a fish with fins-turned-shortened limbs that over hundreds of millions of years evolved into legs. From these humble ancestral origins emerged bipedalism, and in the blink of a cosmic eye, humans have gone from Stone Age hunters and gatherers to rulers of the planet. So it’s […]

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4 April 2011

Running Relaxed and Efficient with Lee Saxby: Short Tutorial

    Looking to improve your running form in  just 80 seconds! This new gait and form video by U.K. barefoot running coach Lee Saxby, who closely works with VivoBarefoot, will help. Watch and learn, as Saxby offers a jazz musician’s rhythmic tempo-touch to a runner’s cadence on the treadmill: “1,2,1,2,1,2,3,4…”  According to Saxby, “As […]

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3 April 2011

Brooks Banks on “Float or Feel” for Launch of New Pure Running Shoes

Come this Fall, specialty running shoe stores will be selling a new line of Brooks footwear called the Pures.  Deliberately eschewing the minimalist tag, these shoes still have a lot of minimalist features: lightweight, flexible soles, very little heel-to-toe drop. Citing extensive market research, Brooks claims that runners aren’t looking for “less” in a shoe; […]

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2 April 2011

Desert Running in Vibram FiveFingers Improved My Cadence and Gait

By Coralee Thompson, M.D. I’ve been working out for much of my adult life, and since first meeting Dr.Phil Maffetone in 1997, running always included wearing very flat shoes. The past few years while living in the mountains of southern Arizona, we sometimes combine three activities that might include hiking, running, walking, biking and swimming. […]

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