How to do the Barefoot Running Technique

Barefoot Running Technique
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Have you been thinking about your running or jogging training technique and heard about the barefoot running technique. Well you may or may not have heard some people at the running club mention these barefoot running shoes called vibram five fingers that let you run in a barefoot style.

Barefoot running was recently studied by Lieberman et al. in his 28 January 2010 barefoot running paper for Nature “Foot Strike Patterns & Collision Forces in Habitually Barefoot versus Shod Runners”You will be amazed at how different we run when we run barefoot compared to wearing shoes. Lieberman calls shoe runners ‘shod runners’.

So you can watch below the amazing barefoot running videos below. The videos show you the difference between a barefoot running technique and ‘shod’ or shoe running technique.

The biggest difference is not using your heel to hit the ground first. The video using slow motion camera analysis of people treadmill running is fascinating to watch if you are interested in the feet, ankle & knee bio-mechanics. It is claimed that barefoot running can help those runners who suffer repetitive running injuries like shin splints or plantar fasciitis prevent these type of running injuries. Watch the videos below and let me know, would you become a barefoot runner by leaving a comment below.

BareFoot Running the Videos

In the following barefoot running videos you can watch the first video showing in the first a runner doing slow motion barefoot running impact.

In the second & third videos you can see what barefoot running by experienced runners looks like by a Westerner and a Kenyan. In the fourth video you can watch the documentary by Nature.com about the latest paper by Lieberman et al. and hear from Lieberman himself who now runs barefoot.

As an added bonus why not check the final webpage option on tips by the author Lieberman on how to  train yourself to be able to barefoot run.