Most people are never taught how to run correctly. Here at VIVOBAREFOOT we believe running is a skill that must be learned in order to run efficiently and injury free.
We offer a training system developed by our barefoot movement expert Lee Saxby that works differently to conventional training models.
The human brain constructs complex movement patterns by adding simpler movement patterns together. This can be seen as human infants progressively learn to creep, crawl, sit, stand and eventually walk.
These movement patterns are called ‘motor skill milestones’ and must develop sequentially, each stage built upon the skills developed in the previous one. Inadequate development of one of these stages/skills dramatically effects the quality of the more complex movements constructed from it, leading to inefficiency and injury.
We have outlined a number of barefoot skill benchmarks that should be completed and mastered before moving onto the final stage of barefoot running. There are 3 barefoot milestones that must be learned and perfected before you progress to the next stage.
Each movement should be performed with the barefoot human movement philosophy firmly in mind: Efficient, injury free movement is built on a foundation of correct posture and rhythm and adequate sensory feedback of environment.
So whenever you are running barefoot, in minimalist shoes or any type of shoes for that matter make sure you keep the fundamental movement check list in mind: