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Our technique-change book based of my successful sessions and backed up with expert advice and exercises for transitioning to better technique

Book - New edition News

The new edition is now expected in March - a slight delay due to busy editors. The editing process is going very well. The videos of Heidi's Strengthening and Rehabilitation program are all finished and uploaded ready for readers to view. Keith's lessons are next and we have a number of promotional videos too - on Running Technique and Podiatry too. More at olderyetfaster.com

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Matthew Stewart 
@ 18th August 2015 12:15:42

Based on many years of experience and refinement, Keith provides clear explanations in a straightforward, practical manner with drills and exercises that assist in correcting your running faults so that you can run with good form, faster and with decreased injury risk. Don't be deceived by something so clearly presented and seemingly simple, it works. Since my session with Keith I have benefited from his insights to; carve 1:35 off my 10k; 2:39 of my City2Surf time; 21:01 off my 50k time; and over an hour and twenty minutes off my Comrades Marathon up run time [87.7km] for a silver medal.

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

Neil Berry 
@ 11th June 2014 11:27:36

I'm kicking myself for not seeing Keith earlier! Competing at the top end of Australian distance running for a few years now, I can safely say that I have done just about everything to legally improve my performance, but Keith's technique training is the missing piece of the puzzle. I'm already feeling stronger, lighter and quicker on my feet after working with Keith and I look forward to seeing my improvement increase dramatically as I improve my technique. I would recommend Keith's technique training to runners of any ability level.

Light footwear

Shoes are unnatural - the less the better!

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

Athletics NSW Cross-country

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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