“A sports shoe with a lot of arch support might not be such a great idea,” – Robin Huw Crompton, University of Liverpool
Humans are dynamic creatures individually and collectively. Variation is incredible and astonishing and no more so than in the feet. Wide, narrow, fallen arches, flat feet, collapsed arches, high insteps and high arches all co-exist within human populations. Here at VIVOBAREFOOT we appreciate the beauty of this variation in the human foot and recognise importance of letting your foot do its thing.
In a recent study Bates et al have shown, in this first quantitative analysis of relative mid-foot function during bipedal terrestrial locomotion, that somewhat unsurprisingly different people have different characteristic footprints but also each person also showed a high degree of foot flexibility and a lot of variation among footsteps over time. Read more…
I hope the title caught your attention. Fact is I had the most amazing experience learning proper barefoot running technique from the coaching team of VIVOBAREFOOT. I literally felt liberated and born again, no exaggeration.
Of course, it’s not as simple as just taking your shoes off and running. Luckily I had the priviledge of learning from the students of Lee Saxby, the authority on barefoot running. A lot has been made of this book called Born to Run, Chris McDougall. The book that allegedly sparked a revolution. Well, Lee Saxby was McDougall’s coach. Also present (as a learner) was a London Marathon expert and advisor to over 50 charities on long distance running, Greame Hilditch. His book on running marathons has even helped BBC presenter Sophie Raworth to complete her marathon, a year after collapsing in one. It was thus an honour to be in such esteemed company, training in a centre just down the road from me at Premier Global, North London.
The word transition is now a commonplace term with runners, especially for athletes who have chosen to ditch the cushioned running shoes. The most likely journey is from jogger to unskilled runner to finally reaching the skilled runner.
But what does transition actually mean? In the context of running it is, as the dictionary definition highlights, the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another. With barefoot running there is definitely a physical change but there are also inescapable mental and social transitions as well. Read more…
Here’s a crash course in barefoot biomechanics from Lee Saxby. Lee discusses the practical reality of the biomechanics of barefoot running and the science that underpins skilful movement and natural human locomotion. Whilst at the same time acknowledging the importance of the story tellers of barefoot running, like the Barefoot Teds and the Chris McDougalls who deal with the emotional side of barefoot running. Read more…
Here’s a very insightful video from Edge.org featuring Professor Daniel Lieberman. Asking why and how the human body looks and functions the way it does, Lieberman combines experimental biology and paleontology to find the answers.
This interview goes into more details on the origin of bipedal walking, the biology and evolution of endurance running, and the evolution of the human head.