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Bek Rychvalsky 
@ 20th May 2014 10:08:07

After being an elite swimmer and having an entire team correcting my technique it was a must that I find a coach for my running, a sport I am new too. I had recurring foot injuries over longer distances and really needed someone to tell me what I was doing wrong, and right! WOW! Keith Bateman is truly amazing! A wonderful communicator, patient coach who provides and inspiring and enjoyable session, knowledge and skills I would of never of known to finesse. My partner and I walked away inspired and feeling on top of the world! Thanks Keith

Katie Hage 
@ 8th August 2013 16:31:46

Just one session with Keith has made a huge difference to my running style. I'm now a mid-foot, neutral striker. Keith has a friendly manner and was able to articulate feedback clearly and logically so that I could make instant changes. Highly recommended to new runners!

Gavin Levinsohn 
@ 2nd March 2015 11:38:08

While I had been dabbling around the edges of the 'natural running movement' for a few years (reading, exploring etc...), spending just one hour with Keith, was more powerful and effective than so many hours spent prior. Keith is a committed expert who knows exactly what he's talking about. Experiencing the shift of approach and technique under his watchful and caring eyes makes a huge difference. I'm looking forward to injury free and faster miles ahead.

Light footwear

Shoes are unnatural - the less the better!

The best support is from the ground - get as close to it as you can!

Equipment has a big influence on technique - and often not in a helpful way. And so it is with shoes. The support and relative stiffness of modern running shoes tends to weaken the foot and lower leg and it takes time to strengthen these areas again.

Much has been written on barefoot Vs shoes and I know how much barefoot running has worked for me. I train 2 speed sessions and a tempo run barefoot every week which amounts to about 40km including warm-up and cool-down. The rest of the time I use flat, thin (5mm -8mm), flexible shoes. For example ultra thin Vibram Fivefingers or Vivobarefoot. I encourage many clients to move gradually in the same direction.

The introduction of barefoot and minimal footwear has to be gradual but the benefits of greater strength and more efficient running are worth it!

Orthotics and chunky shoes

Where's the evidence?

This client was wearing orthotics to stop his serious over-pronation and was a serious heel striker. This video was taken 40 minutes into a technique-change session and shows a massive improvement

Where did his over-pronation go?

Over-pronation disappears when you stop over-striding

Why don't his feet hurt?

Someone legitimately said maybe it was just taking his shoes off that caused the changes, not my lesson. I think it is a combination but if my lesson had no effect then look what shoes have done and how removing them helps!

Technique change and foot strengthening has not failed me or my podiatrist wife in fixing running injuries - and for me that is well over 3000 clients!


Podiatrist, runner Heidi Jones: feetonthemove.com


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