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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Barefoot Training "Myths"

"Barefoot running is about learning to run the way our body was intended to using the foot as an ideal shock absorber and not relying on a shoe that compromises the anatomical position of the foot and places one at risk for injury. Using a true minimalist running shoe can achieve this and still protect the foot from the environmental dangers."
I have been training barefoot, or in my Vibram Fivefingers, for the past 5 years.  I do olympic lifting, running, box jumps, power lifting, etc; all barefoot.  I love training barefoot!  I have experienced no downside to training barefoot.  The benefits I have experienced have been substantial.  My feet are stronger; I used to have minor plantar fasciitis but have not had any pain for the past 5 years.  I have no knee pain when I run long distances; I used to be limited to a maximum of 2 mile runs before I would feel a shooting pain in my right knee.  I have recently run a 15K with no pain or tightness!  My movements are more efficient and I have better "feel", or better feeling of force application to the ground, when lifting heavy weights.

I receive questions about my footwear, or lack of footwear, on a weekly basis.  Some people think I am nuts.  Some think I am stupid.  Some are very interested.  I wanted to write an in depth analysis on barefoot training and tackle some of the common myths and questions I hear on a weekly basis but the article linked above tackled most every question I hear about barefoot training.  With better explanations and references than I could provide!

Take a few minutes and read the article above.  Let me know what you think.

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