Posted on May 10, 2016
Perfect Form: Part 1
This is an excerpt from the free eBook I will be releasing June 1st. If you would like to be a part of the launch team, or are interested in knowing what exactly that would entail, shoot me an email or comment below:
Here is my perfect form argument. No matter what you’re doing, there’s a right way to do it and a wrong way. Let me emphasize that there may be SEVERAL right ways as well. There are a lot of different techniques for shooting a basketball, but no one can say that one particular way is “the best” way to do it. Michael Johnson was told he would be a lot faster if he changed his form. Check out this video of Michael Johnson’s 400 meter world record and look at his form compared to others. But he set several world records, won several gold medals. Was his form bad? Not necessarily. You could argue that biomechanically it’s more efficient to do something a certain way, but for a certain individual it may be the best thing for them.
One of the athletes I coach is a university violin professor and he and I have talked about good form a lot. Apparently if you have bad form playing the violin, over time it can cause pain and tendonitis in the arms and back etc. So it is with running: There is a right way to run and be happy, it is running the right way every day.
You could potentially skip the first 3 form principles and skip to cadence/stride rate and you would see huge improvements. Which is the reason for my podcast on Cadence/Stride Rate that you NEED to listen to. I think by focusing on cadence all the other principles fall into place–but at the same time, if I didn’t think the first 3 principles were worth examining and applying I wouldn’t put them in this book.
Good running posture is like good posture in general: Stand up straight, shoulders relaxed and ever so slightly back, with the chest also ever so slightly puffed out (kind of a proud look, but don’t overdo it.) Running is a controlled fall. I’m going to repeat that because it’s definitely worth repeating: Running is a controlled fall, so you want to lean forward ever so slightly, but NOT AT THE WAIST. This is a common problem where you see runners hunched over at the waist like the hunchback of Notre Dame–bad. In whatever discipline I think it’s good to look at the individuals performing at the highest level and look for commonalities and try to emulate what the professionals are doing. You don’t see athletes bending over at the waist.
There’s a chance you might see pros running with bad form. My theory about his is two-fold: 1. They are the exception to the rule. You always have those in every area, in every discipline. 2. It may be at the end of a marathon where they’ve been dropping 4:45 every mile for 23 miles and and it’s survival mode which means you run however you can to get to the finish line before you die or DNF (do not finish.)
Something you can do is stand nice and tall, then rock back and forth on your feet from the balls of the foot to the heel until you feel like you need to take a step, and then take a step. Running is a series of millions of mini-jumps and mini-landings.”
If you liked what you read, there’s more where that came from! Literally, because it’s part of a free eBook I’m releasing June 1st. Sound too good to be true? Totally not. It’s going to be free, but the audio version will cost a little, though still inexpensive. Stay tuned, and comment below. Thanks guys!
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