Pose running style: does this work? UPDATED

There are a large number of videos on the web showing various aspects of pose running. This may be the best introductory one.

Further explanation can be found here, though I don’t think they really have it right. As best I can tell, “pose running” comprises short strides, decreased use of hip flexors, increased conscious use of hamstrings, and slight forward lean, with slightly flexed knee during forefoot strike. The talk about pose runners being propelled by gravity is pretty much nonsense, like a perpetual motion machine. I guess they make some money selling a belt with rubber bands that work with your hamstrings to flex the knees.
But there is something real here, and I suspect it might have to do with the “braking” action inherent in conventional knee drive/heel strike running. That is, if the impact occurs with the foot out in front of the body, then that impact tends to reduce speed. In contrast, during pose running, the impact occurs with the foot under the body. This would tend not to slow the runner, and would also decrease the impact somewhat.

I think I get it, and am going to give it a try.
UPDATE: after a couple of sessions, I think it may have some merit. But making the transition from heel strike to forefoot strike has given me some sore calves. I would recommend making a gradual transition.

I am not so sure that the emphasis on high rear kick is helpful…anything done to further elevate the foot after it leaves the ground is wasted energy.

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  1. I realize that this is from almost 5 years ago.

    What was your experience?

    I’ve been a runner for a long time, and I’ve watched quite a bit of world class runners. Statements coming from pose running advocates indicate to me that they don’t know much about running.

    It’s nearly impossible to have your foot land directly under your body. There is a braking effect if your foot is in front of your knee (that’s what happens with over-striding), but not just because it lands in front of your body.

    Calf and achilles tendon problems seem common among those who attempt pose running.

    The emphasis on landing forward on your foot seem misguided, and, again, the result of not having much experience with running or runners.

    I’m a natural mid-to-forefoot striker, but when I’m starting back up after a layoff, I have to consciously land on my heel. Otherwise, I’ll have achilles problems.

    As someone with > 40 years experience as a runner, it seems like as a person runs faster, the greater forward momentum reduces the stress on the achilles and calves when landing farther forward on the foot. Trying to land forward on the foot while running slowly just seems like a recipe for problems.

    • I think the pose stride works well for barefoot running. I have not experienced any achilles issues nor do I know anyone who has. The other situation in which I think it is helpful is in the runner who has medial compartment knee problems. It is a radical change from heel strike running, and anyone who decides to try it should dedicate at least three months to transitioning.

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