Technique Articles

Swimming Technique: Swimming by Change of Support

No matter which environment we are moving within, we have the same rules and laws for performing efficient movement. Swimming is no exception. In the Pose Method of swimming we stick to the same principles of efficient movement that we discussed for running, however, in swimming because of the specific medium of water, there are… Read more

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Learn to Swim Faster with Pose Method

Learn To Swim Better & Faster Using the Pose Method

Since the Pose Method® of Swimming is new to most of our readers, I’ll start from the very beginning and assume that you’re starting from ground zero. The Pose Method® approach can be effectively used with complete newbies and swimmers looking to improve their technique. At the beginning you should not think about speed or… Read more

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Running Technique Analysis: Eliud Kipchoge

The idea of breaking the 2 hour record in a marathon is incredibly attractive. It actually does not matter what event we are talking about, as long as there is a potential for peak performance, potential to exceed what we thought was humanly possible – we all get emotionally invested.  And due to popularity of… Read more

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Technique: How to Run Stairs Without Knee or Hip Pain

Running stairs has always been a popular exercise but to get the benefits it’s important to do it right. Olympic Coach Dr. Romanov explains key elements.

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Running Technique: Ankle Position and Role

Ankle is the joint between the foot and the leg, in which movement occurs in two planes. So, allow that movement to occur as the situation dictates.

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Running Technique: 5 Most Popular Misconceptions

Here are 5 most popular misconceptions in running. Take note of these components and let them be.

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Running Technique: Foot Release on Landing

I am returning to this topic because I want to clarify the meaning of this important element of running technique within the Pose Method framework. First of all, allow me to explain what I mean when I say ‘release’. If you watch a runner, any runner, you will notice a certain level of effort and stiffness at the ankle and… Read more

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Breaking 2: Why It Didn’t Happen and The Work Ahead

Nike just made good on their promise to attempt at sub 2hr marathon. Results are in. Here’s why it didn’t happen and what can be done to change that.

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Emotional Training & Coaching

Watching neighbourhood runners is one of my favourite things to do. If only because it’s entertaining albeit at times frustrating. The other day I witnessed an amateur but well meaning attempt at coaching that prompted this write up. Chances are you’ve been there, seen this and know what I’m talking about. Picture this – a somewhat lanky teen… Read more

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What Is Overstriding in Running?

Overstriding is a very simple thing, but it is still veiled in the cloud of confusion for one simple reason – it is impossible to identify and/or define something when you operate without a clear standard. When you are told that you’re overdoing something (and that’s what overstriding essentially means) the question arises: how did you come to… Read more

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The Most Important Exercise for Runners

In the noise of discussions and debates about technique, one of the most vital aspects of training for runners always gets lost – strength conditioning. It is so important that I can not emphasize it strongly enough. Lack of adequate strength is a sure road to underperformance and injuries. Lucky for us, while building strength… Read more

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Why Runners Should Not Focus on Their Footstrike

If you were to attend the Pose Method Course on running technique you’d hear something many don’t expect to hear – an instruction of the participants to not focus on their footstrike. “Forget about footstrike! Pull, pull, pull!” If you’ve already attended the course, you know why, and for everyone else, the answer is simple… Read more

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Springness and the ‘S’ shape of the Running Pose

One of the most important yet simple and thus overlooked and undervalued aspects of Pose Running is the springness position, aka the S-stance. So it comes as no surprise when you see someone doing the ‘figure 4’ aka the Running Pose while standing on a completely straight leg with a locked knee. The Springness Position, aka the… Read more

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5 Things You Should Know About the Running Pose

There is only one Running Pose. The Running Pose that you go through is identical to the Running Pose of the runner next to you at the local race, as well as an elite runner at the championship or Olympics. The Running Pose is the key pose that is the heart of the running cycle. It is a… Read more

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How High to Pull Your Foot Up When Running?

How high should you pull your foot up when running and with how much effort? To know the answer to this question, one has to understand the purpose of the action of pulling your foot up when running. This is where the importance of understanding the ‘why’ is highlighted again. Reading the theory and understanding… Read more

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How to Do Video Analysis Correctly

The video analysis is more popular then ever these days. With the advent of accessible and user-friendly technology, more people then ever venture into the territory previously occupied by professionals only. The upside is an increase in awareness and public interest in this subject. The downside – an overwhelming amount of useless and sometimes plain ridiculous video analyses published… Read more

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The Wheel Concept

Despite its apparent simplicity, the wheel is a complex mechanism with three mechanical properties that have significant implications for human movement

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Training: How to Reach Your Peak Performance

You probably think of your training in terms of physiological factors such as breathing, heart rate and perceived effort. But these elements only reflect how well you are implementing your technique.

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Usain Bolt Can Top His Own World Record

Usain Bolt could run 100m in 9.11 seconds. Given his constitution, genetics and his running technique he has what it takes and then some. The difference between calculated potential and actual performance is the athlete’s ability to deliver and especially do so when it matters the most. For example, Bolt’s performance in Berlin in 2009 vs… Read more

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Champions Club Chronicles vol. 5: Track Wrap-up

You are not a good coach unless your athletes move well.

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How to Beat Knee Pain

How to beat knee pain for good? Before we talk about it I’d like to go over a couple of things that will help us address this topic in the correct manner and from the logical point of view. The truth is that many people can solve their knee issues by simply eliminating damaging actions from… Read more

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Pose vs Posture

Like many other terms, these two are often used interchangeably. While it’s ok if you’re talking about arts and photography, it carries a different message when it comes to athletics and human movement. Understanding the difference will prevent a misdirected effort and help you progress. Pose In the Pose Method, when we refer to the… Read more

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Champions Club Chronicles Vol. 4: Outside of My Precious Bubble

It is Monday. After a recommendation from a few people, I now coach track at Warren Mott High School and today is the first day of practice. While driving to school I have images of Bishop Foley practices from three years back going through my head; the short Pose introduction, warmup routine, partner falling drills,… Read more

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Champions Club Chronicles Vol. 1: From Pose to the Podium

If you are willing to dedicate time to getting the running technique down, the good things, like winning an MHSAA Division III 400-meter State Championship, tend to be the result. Coach Chris Sinagoga takes us behind the scenes of his Champions Club training.

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Pose Running and “The Science”

Pose running technique has a very specific standard derived from an underlying theory of movement. To the best of my knowledge, Pose is the only running technique that has a standard or for that matter is based on a specific theory of movement. All other running techniques I’m familiar with are based on disjointed rules-of-thumb, with no unifying concept.

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Mileage in Running

Each organism has its own limit of energy, which is mostly predetermined by its genetics.

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The Role and Importance of a ‘Standard’

Unless we figure out how to defy gravity or it suddenly changes the way it works – we will abide by its current standard of operation that has not changed since our planet came into being.

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How Science is Misused and Misunderstood

If the context is too limited, the bigger picture is missed and the results can be misleading. This is also one reason why so many studies seem to contradict each other. They lack proper context when analyzed.

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Pose Method in Sports

The question of how to use Pose Method effectively in other sports is asked all the time. Running is part of virtually all sports and athletic activities, but it’s not all just running of course. We’re dealing here with sprinting, dashing, zig zagging, coming to a sudden stop and then suddenly dashing again, and so… Read more

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The Real Paradox of the Extensor Paradox

Considering the running motion, we already know that maximum quadriceps muscle activity occurs at the transition between knee flexion and extension and coincides with maximum vertical ground reaction force. After this, knee extensor muscle activity starts to diminish and ends almost entirely just as leg extension begins. So as the leg is rapidly extending, the… Read more

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Pose Method of Throwing

There is a world of difference between throwing using your whole body and throwing with your arm. While the first one gets you the most out of your effort, the latter one has a sad trail of injured arms. Have you checked the MLB injury stats lately?

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Proper body alignment in running

Alignment happens from feet to your head. Starting from the feet, your body should be aligned along the vertical line up to the top of your head.

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Analysis of Usain Bolt’s running technique

If Bolt manages to increase his average step frequency of running to the level of his rivals, just to something around 4.5 steps per second (270 steps per minute) having the same average angle of falling, his result on 100m could be 9.11 seconds.

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To drill or not to drill?

An interesting question, isn’t it? On the one hand, as we all know, everyone who learns something is doing it through drills – in swimming, tennis, golf, etc. On the other hand, it is boring stuff, especially in running, where our common sense doesn’t even speak of drilling at all. In running we just run… or do we?

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Good form in sprinting

The element of running in a form of sprinting, dashing, maneuvering is part of virtually all sports and athletic activities, just look at American football, soccer, basketball just to name a few. Your technique must be close to perfect and you must be focused because you will only have a fraction of a second or a few seconds at the most to make a difference.

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Calf soreness

Calf soreness is a rather common occurrence but not a standard one by any means. Some get it and others don’t. It often appears at the beginning of the learning process in the Pose Method of running and ‘bothers’ the runner for around 2 weeks while he or she is adapting to the new neuromuscular… Read more

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stride length and range of motion

Stride length and range of motion

The difference between stride length and range of motion continues to be an area of confusion that has been difficult for many of my students to understand. All too often at my clinics, I find that I need to keep coming back to this point, to clarify the biomechanical and psychological differences between these two properties…. Read more

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Pose Method® for Senior Runners

Your physical abilities might be or might become limited, but your skills have no limits. Improved skills will balance out and in many ways compensate for certain physical limits that often come with age.

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Running technique for everyone: from overweight to average

Common vision of running as a difficult and almost impossible physical exercise for overweight people, which could crush their bones, joints, ligaments and tendons, is unfortunately confirmed by reality. Regardless of the obvious benefits running could bring to the cardio-respiratory system and consequently improve overall health, the possibility of serious injury during running scares away… Read more

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Keeping good form for middle distance

As mentioned in another article, from the Pose Method point of view, running technique is identical for any running distance. It is the training that differs, not how we actually change support from foot to foot. The world of middle distance exists in a contained environment of the running track. Much like long distance running,… Read more

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What is good running form?

In running, more so than in other sports, the opinions on proper technique vary, but there is a more or less unanimous take on what represents good running form. That strange disconnect between these two very connected things promotes erroneous ideas and further confusion since it takes correct technique to produce good form.

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Form and technique in athletics

Form and technique are directly connected. One is a product, result, of the other. You have to first learn how to (technique) to do it (athletic form) in order to make it happen (proper athletic form). Technique is a skill of doing. We produce good form when we skillfully do something. For example, we produce… Read more

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Stride frequency

Stride frequency is one of the most important parameters of running technique. What is the optimal stride frequency in running and why?

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The Pose – how it works

Those poses are referred to as ‘key poses’, as Dr. Romanov named them, because they are at the center, they connect the preceding poses with the ones that follow, while serving as a conductor of energy and all forces involved, and producing the most efficient movement.

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The Pose

There are many poses. Any and all human movement consists of a myriad of poses. However, some are at the center of the movement and others are just happening in between.

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Going barefoot has its benefits

Barefoot running or running barefoot is exactly what it is – running without shoes, nothing more and nothing less. Humans have been doing it for a long while now.

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Basic skills of running

If you’re just starting up with running – you should start by working on this set of basic skills first. If you’ve been involved in this sport for a while but haven’t had a chance or the desire to learn these – you should seriously reconsider your approach to your own well-being. Running done wrong… Read more

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The midfoot strike in running

There are three common ways of describing how the foot lands in running – on forefoot, flatfoot or the heel. The term “mid-foot” is a rather recent addition to the running jargon. It gained a certain level of popularity because it’s description sounds plausible and promises to relieve runners from all sorts of maladies when… Read more

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Running Zigzag – technical skill

Here’s a way of running that is on another level. Running in a zigzag pattern is sprinting with an abrupt change of direction. This approach is used most prominently in team sports like American football, soccer, basketball, etc. when the athletes need to maneuver to avoid other players. This year it was part of a… Read more

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Ground Reaction Force and how to use it

What is Ground Reaction Force (GRF)? Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion states that “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” According to that, when we walk or run, every time our foot lands, there is what is called a ‘Ground Reaction Force’ produced. Some go as far as to claim that “the… Read more

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The Extensor Paradox in running

The original article (below) on the topic at hand, was published in Biomechanics of Distance Running in 1990. As you read the data and conclusions from this research you’ll see that the  scientific community was not ready to accept the idea of the role of gravity as a leading force in running. A classical vision… Read more

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Do we know how to run?

Does the above question make any sense to anyone who is involved in running? Isn’t running a natural, simple and accessible for most people exercise for health, pleasure and competition? Is there anything wrong with this picture? By the latest statistical data, there are about 33.6 million people only in the US, including people running… Read more

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