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James 
@ 14th October 2013 13:28:07

Keith's training session was incredibly worthwhile. I've been running properly for about 4 months and in that time had several recurring injuries likely due to my technique. Keith took the time to completely change my style into what I knew was the proper technique but didn't know how to achieve myself. He did this using easy to understand drills and using simple language. I have not mastered running yet as I only had the session last week but in the two sessions I've had since, I can feel the improvement. Highly highly recommend having a session with Keith. James, 28 years old,Darlinghurst,Sydney

Jamie Roberts 
@ 4th March 2013 14:50:51

I had my first session with Keith a few weeks ago after having missed 5 months through injury. He was a terrific guy and very inspiring. I can really see how problematic my running style was before (I was too hunched and lost a lot of energy through heel striking). I'm now running pain free and after just a couple of weeks my times are almost back to where they were at my peak and I can feel that I am moving much more efficiently. I look forward to breaking some PBs in the coming months.

Matt Constable 
@ 26th September 2012 16:51:48

Thank you Keith. Your one-on-one technique coaching session (plus the group session follow-up) has made all the difference not only with performance but the sheer enjoyment of injury-free running. As a man in his forties it is also inspiring to see you run so smooth and know I can still improve despite starting running late in life. Since my first lesson six months ago my times have plummeted 10k Feb 44.02- Sept 39.27, City2Surf over 6min pb 57.33, SMH half over 10 min pb 91.32. I love that for me running is about challenging myself but your help has inspired me to aim higher. Thank you Keith.

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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