Merrell Barefoot - Bareform Running Technique

Uploaded by MerrellOutside on 31.01.2011

My name is Walt Reynolds, I have been a trainer for 23 years, I have logged over 28000 training sessions in that time
I believe that movement and function are a part of everyone’s life’s and should be part of everyone’s life’s.
And I help people to train, to move and function better, every single day.
Common form runners typically demonstrate heel strike first landing on a straight knee,
landing with the foot well in front of the hips, a position we often refer to as the check mark.
They demonstrate a slow cadence of turnover with their feet, something in the order of 140 to 160 steps per minute.
And they also typically demonstrate very little in the way of lean.
Bare form runners typically demonstrate a midfoot strike landing on a bent knee
with the foot closer to being underneath the hips.
They demonstrate a higher cadence of turnover in order of 180 steps per minute or faster,
at all running speeds and typically demonstrate a slight lean forward from the angle.
We begin bare form running by doing what we call the posture reset.
Interlock your fingers and raise your arms directly overhead,maintaining a tall posture, lower your arms to your side,
bend your elbows half way then go halfway again. Place your elbows slightly behind your body
and swing your arms in a small compact motion.
Move to the mid foot and jog in place. Make a conscious effort to land on the ball of the foot just slightly ahead of the heel.
Set your metronome or other cadence device at 180 beats per minute, and match the cadence of 180 as close as you can
The Lean from the ankles drill begins with the posture reset,
with the elbows held flexed and slightly behind the body and the running position.. shift your weight backwards from the heels,
bring your body back to center, shift your weight forward and then return to center