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A Simplified Overview of Pose
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A simplified overview of Pose created by CableTow; edited by Run Free and SharonD
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Simplified Overview of PoseThe principle of forward motion is the same in any style you run. That is we all reach a tipping point that causes our body "to fall" and we use our legs to recover from “that fall” to move forward. Some will argue we push and many add extra unnecessary actions to move, resulting in harder work and sometimes injury. But when we enter into the “tipping” phase, our muscles activate to hold our bodies up and rigid, by aligning our posture into “the pose” fall that is then turned into torque. When we run, the force required to do this is greater than walking so it can feel like we push ourselves along. But there is evidence that none of us do this.
If we want to reduce impact and run with minimal effort, we need to land as close to this tipping point as we can.
The Pose method is a structured approach to learn how to get close to this “tipping” point (the running pose) and fall from it with minimal braking and elevation. Through an appreciation of Biomechanics, it teaches us to become aware of how we move and to reduce extraneous efforts, by changing perceptions and reducing deviations from the standard that is “the pose”. It is the only method that has been tested scientifically to provide evidence that the methodology works.
This is a good method if you are prepared to practice the drills to help you to sharpen your proprioception to how your body should move, as well as want to understand the “what”, “why” and “how” the methodology works to enhance your performance.
Which Running Technique Should I ChooseThere are a number of different methods to teach running techniques to reduce injury and enhance one's overall performance and the choice is personal. Whichever method you choose, remember not to get so caught up in the miniscule details and over analyse, such as becoming obsessive about the exact inches of where your feet are on landing in comparison to the ground/body etc. When touching your finger to your nose there is maths involved in the exact angle your elbow needs to be - your brain calculates and performs this without you realising, you're just aware you touched your nose - so why should running actions be any different? At the end of the day, the actual end result is all that matters. After all for the majority, running is supposed to be fun. We are humans with passions and desires to run well and to enjoy it, and this is as important as the biomechanical actions we perform whilst running.