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David Watson @ 27th December 2016 22:37:26

Had a great learning experience with the masterful Keith Bateman who was immediately able to hone in on my running inefficiencies. I felt lighter across the ground after only one session, with a sense of running returning as an "effortless" form. Much consolidating of his advice to come but am really excited by the idea of retuning to running in its sheer simplicity.

Ben Russell @ 30th March 2016 19:15:17

After a "mid-life crisis", I decided to take up Triathlons. I loved swimming and cycling, but running wasn't my thing. 2 years on and I love running, but feel that my technique and shoes were holding me back. Keith was referred to me by a family member and this morning I had my first "barefoot" running session. Wow! What a great session. Lots of information and lots of common sense. I'm definitely looking forward to putting it into practice. Thanks Keith and Heidi! Great Session and Great Value.

Andy Bryant @ 28th October 2015 01:10:44

Following Keith's workshop I took 7 weeks off competition to strengthen up and run short distances barefoot, then beat my half-ironman run pb by a few minutes, 1:32. My new running form feels entirely natural now, and is sustainable through to marathon distance. Lower calves took a few months to adapt, even though I'm accustomed to flat shoes in daily life, with no history of achilles injury. Garmin metrics show that my feet spend 10% less time on the ground now (225ms). This has been a game-changer for me, and I look forward to training faster shorter distances through the (UK) winter.

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.

Jason Kendall @ 31st May 2015 14:15:56

Highly recommend the sessions with Keith. He's identified and communicated the area's and the plan that I need to focus on to improve my technique. Dealing with keith has been as effortless as his technique looks. Thank you Keith.

Rita Owens @ 18th March 2015 11:32:15

After years of wondering why I was still being injured and spending $$$ on shoes and not getting anywhere, reading Keith's book and having the coaching I am grateful for his advice and guidance.

Julie Meynell @ 11th March 2015 12:17:07

The book and a session with Keith has been invaluable to my running. I'm enjoying the barefeet aspect and I have increased my speed my a minute per km. I am looking fwd to further sessions with Keith to improve my running technique even further.

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.

Amanda Coombe @ 22nd January 2015 17:31:10

After years of lower leg injuries and strength work, I was still a chronic over strider, wasting much energy and having to restrict my training. After reading Keith book and doing an individual session with him with my coach we have significantly reduced my over striding, excessive knee lift and improved my rhythm, all great when you are a Masters athlete. Keith has an outstanding ability to break complex biomechanical concepts down into easy to understand drills. This together with his encouraging and positive coaching style definitely makes him a 'game changer'. Thank you Keith.

Graeme Russell @ 17th January 2015 14:22:18

Had a private session with Keith and got a lot of advice that could be applied immediately. Everything was presented through practice, building gradually through intuitive drills and exercises. I've still got some work to do to refine what Keith taught but I'm aconfident this will be a big leap towards bringing down my PBs. I'll definitely be recommending and following up with a workshop.

Ezechiel @ 22nd November 2014 09:35:02

Wish I had met Keith earlier, his training sessions have completely changed my running technique, I can definitely feel the difference after a couple of weeks! You can feel your running becoming almost effortless as you keep practicing. Highly recommend for runners of any level.

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.

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

Bren Turner @ 3rd April 2014 13:48:37

After many years of trying to improve run technique and dealing with recurring running injuries and getting nowhere I found out about Keith's run technique sessions and booked in. It was the best thing I have ever done for my running. The session was enlightening and Keith is an inspiring and exceptional teacher. He has a unique ability to break down the running stride and explain what you are doing, the effect it has on the body and how to transform it to run with natural good form. After just a few weeks of practicing the new technique I am already seeing big improvements in speed with the same effort and feeling much more comfortable running. Keith also recommended Heidi Jones -The runner's podiatrist. With a combination of Keith's expertise in run coaching and Heidi's specialist advice on running specific strengthening exercises, the ongoing ankle problems that I have had for years have disappeared in a few weeks and I am running faster than I ever have and it is only the beginning. Excited about what lies ahead. Thank you Keith and Heidi

Michael Browne @ 24th February 2014 09:26:17

I thought running was putting one foot in front of the other quickly and just going hard. So wrong! After one session with Keith I now understand the principles and mechanics of a good stride and how balance, take off and landing are my new goals. Less effort, more speed and less wear and tear on the knees is making my return to running even more fun. Keith's coaching style is very informative, motivating and supportive. His follow up service is brilliant with drills, exercises, tutorial videos and other tips that's got me fired up. My before and after videos would do Jenny Craig proud!

Trevor Satour @ 23rd January 2014 10:38:32

I'm 60 and apart from a bit of sport when I was younger I've never ran. Recently I decided to get fit and started running-lost 30kgs in 18 months. Decided that if I was going to run a bit may as well do it properly so I booked to see Keith Bateman. Man, what a mind-blowing first session yesterday. The guy is just so knowledgable and so helpful. I thought I was doing reasonably well, but Keith has opened some new and exciting possibilities that will take me on a different journey that I know I will enjoy. Thank you Keith, in my assessment you are indeed a master of your craft.

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

William and Gitte Rogers @ 29th September 2013 17:02:20

Thank you Keith for a very informative & enjoyable training session. The follow up videos and advice has given us plenty to work with. Your knowledge of the sport which you shared with us with such passion and enthusiasm, was very much appreciated. Highly recommended to anyone who wishes to improve their running technique.

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!

Andy Alchin @ 20th May 2013 14:12:59

I saw Keith 6 months ago and I raced in the half marathon and beat my PB by 4 1/2 minutes ran a 1.51 I have gone from very much a heal runner to now more forefoot I did some 60 km weeks in training and have not had one injury and I also ran my fastest 5 km run last week at 23.15 which I could never do Looking forward to another catch up with Keith this weekend

Jamie Roberts @ 20th May 2013 12:03:11

I Saw Keith 3 months ago. Yesterday I ran the SMH half. I ran 96:15 - a PB by nearly 3 minutes. This was a remarkable race because: (1) I trained half as much as last year - I'm still adapting to the new style (I've only hit 50kms for the week twice); (2) the race felt effortless - I maintained a constant pace throughout (4:33) and didn't die over the last few kms as usual (I was able to sprint the last 400m); (3) I feel like I could run again today - normally I have to take days off after a big run. Altogether I'm amazed at how much I have benefited from just one short session with Keith.

Angus Murray @ 28th March 2013 11:12:38

After 7 years of orthotics, shin splints, permanently tight calves, creaking hips and lower back pain I was put in touch with Keith. After one session with him I am not only free of all the ailments I thought I would have forever, I have knocked over 1 full minute per kilometre off my cruising speed (over a 10km distance). You were right Keith, it's all in the technique!

Mark Lee @ 11th March 2013 19:20:44

In a single session Keith gave me some valuable pointers on technique that were simple to introduce into my running. Combined with a smarter training program, I've seen my times drop from 5km to marathon distance. The session was a great birthday present from my wife - perhaps you should ask yours;). [or your husband of course!]

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.

Marty Switzer @ 20th February 2013 21:34:04

Keith is an incredible teacher who geniuely cares about helping his clients run correctly and efficiently. His personal running achievements and attitude are inspirational as is dedication to his craft and his teaching .

Tanvir & Mary Chowdhury @ 3rd February 2013 14:11:39

Fantastic first session. It took us good 4 years to find a trainer to assist with our 8 yrs old daughter's running techniques. Within 30 minutes she ran much better then ever. We loved the vdo comparison of before and after and with the details where our focus should be. The tips in fact will assist us to improve our techniques as well. Cheers Keith for all your help

Tamzin Taylor @ 13th January 2013 16:05:46

Excellent first session, I look forward to practicing my bare foot running & alignment technique so I can smash my time in home-work run, more effortlessly! I highly recommend.

Neil Hawthorne @ 17th December 2012 22:46:55

As a 55+ veteran life-time runner I stepped up the pace in 2008 with the Bogong to Hotham Ultra. Five years later I find myself running faster than ever as evidenced in 2012 across 14 events ranging from 10km to 100km. Thanks Keith for transforming my technique in just one short lesson.

David Deng @ 25th November 2012 21:59:43

Keith is a very friendly and helpful coach. He has helped improve my technique and reduced my injuries. My 10km personal best has improved from 38:31 to 36:47 in less than 3 months. I would definitely recommend Keith's training for any serious runner. Thank you Keith!

Pedro Queiroz @ 15th October 2012 22:28:22

A month and a half ago I had a session with Keith. Despite me running with minimalist shoes for the past couple of years, his guidance really made me change my technique and become a more efficient runner. This weekend I shaved over 10 minutes off my marathon PB and achieved my sub-3h30 goal. Keith's insights played a very important role in that. Thank you, Keith!

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.

Rob Lederer @ 18th September 2012 12:37:03

I learned more about how to run in my 1 hour with Keith than I have in 7 years of actually running! The technique, once you 'get it', is obvious yet exciting. Shortly after my lesson I ran my second fastest km ever, barefoot on grass, on flat terrain. Previously I could only hit that speed going downhill! Can't wait to see what the next year brings. Thanks again Keith.

Dan Phillips @ 2nd September 2012 17:27:10

After seeing my son's school team train with Keith, I had a session with him last week and found it very useful and intuitive and I hope the start of a steady improvement in my race times... I would recommend to any serious runner who has not had any coaching, that you do so with Keith

Rhett Gibson @ 20th August 2012 00:40:17

In the two months since training with Keith I have run two personal best times over10km and also completed a personal best City to Surf. I have also found that after long runs I am less fatigued due to a more efficient stride. I recommend any runner who is serious about improving their technique book a session with Keith.

Andrea Polson @ 15th August 2012 15:05:56

With only two short sessions with Keith I have learnt so much! Keith is a fountain of running knowledge and experience and his advice has helped me knock 29 minutes off my C2S time! I never thought I'd qualify for the green group let along get under 80 minutes! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and I can't wait to learn more and hopefully continue to improve further.

Lawrence Stander @ 13th August 2012 12:23:51

Keiths true colours came out in me yesterday. For three years I have been unable to break 64.5 Minutes on the City to Surf track. This year I managed to hit 60 Minutes by simply adopting the techniques that Keith taught me. I am not necessarily fitter, just stronger with better technique that got me that time. Next up Half Marathon... Thanks Keith

Keith Mullen @ 4th August 2012 20:08:40

Recently had second session with Keith, correcting what I was still doing wrong after first session, for me pulling my legs up too high instead of pushing my knees forward. With Keith's wisdom, insights, tips and motivation,I'm now running 30s/km quicker with ease. Definitely the best running investment you could make, highly recommended to runners of any ability. Thanks for all your help Keith, it is hugely appreciated!!!!!

Nic Wright @ 7th June 2012 15:02:23

I had a session with Keith last December which was extremely useful with tips on my technique that a book could never provide. However, it wasn't until today that I really saw Keith run at my first Sweat session. In being passed by Keith, following and watching him run you realise that you're watching an artist - effortless excellence, like watching Messi run with the ball or a Federer topspin backhand. If you want to become a better runner, seek him out.

Amy Lam @ 4th June 2012 06:17:23

Keith has improved my technique remarkably. I used to be a very heavy heel-striker. I can now say I am not only a mid-foot runner, but I am running faster, and am far less injury prone. Keith is an amazing technician, and a very impressive runner and motivator. Thanks Keith!

Les Cohen @ 7th May 2012 10:27:49

I had my first session with Keith this morning and found it to be extremely useful by breaking down my bad habits and rebuilding it with good technique. The follow up video and tips are a great way to see the good and bad and give me a great frame of reference when doing my 'homework'. Thank you Keith, i look forward to years of pleasurable and injury free running.

Kim Crowley @ 5th May 2012 11:00:24

I didnt think only an hour could make that much difference to my running technique, but it did. Seriously - that hour changed my life!! Not only am I more efficient at running, I can run faster for longer and my enjoyment has doubled. Thank u so much. Sydney half marathon here I come!!!

Daniel Acocks @ 17th April 2012 10:19:27

After taking up running a few years ago my times became stagnate and it didn't get easier as my legs were constantly injured and sore. A month ago I was introduced to Keith; his knowledge and skill identified my problems straight away and his straight forward approach then allowed me to see the issues for myself. With a basic plan and lots of hard training I have been able to lower most of my PB's over various distances. Anyone interested in running needs to spend some time with Keith, it's essential!!

Christie Lewis @ 7th April 2012 11:03:31

I had my first session with Keith last week, which was also my first running training session ever. He was quick to see what was wrong with my style and the session then focussed on helping me to learn a new running style. The combination of Keith's knowledge and friendliness made the session informative and enjoyable. I'm looking forward to seeing the results of my new technique and exercises in my running.

Dave Sneller @ 18th March 2012 17:23:10

The session with Keith was a real eye opener for me as I have been running all my life but had never really thought about good form which I now realise is the most important aspect of running if you wish to stay injury free. I found Keith to be very friendly and articulate in his explanations with a natural unforced enthusiasm The session is a real investment that you will be able to use for the rest of your running life. Cheers Keith.

Chloe Kempe @ 23rd February 2012 20:56:24

Keith's running technique session has got to be THE BEST running investment you could ever make! I am never looking back. Straight away from the simple exercises we worked on my running felt smoother, faster and more enjoyable. And with helping to avoid injury this is a must for all.

Lawrence Stander @ 23rd February 2012 14:54:54

I have been running for 10 years and suffered from countless injuries. Keith managed to change my technique and make my injuries disappear. His knowledge is endless but what really inspired me what his ability to teach it and his patience. If you want to run properly and I mean properly then this man is your foundaton.

Rose Manousaridis @ 9th January 2012 16:01:24

It's one thing to be able to do something well and quite another to share this knowledge and enable othersto feel confident enough to take it on. Keith did this yesterday and I am pleased to say ( not) that my calves today are most ungrateful. Thanks Keith. Practice makes perfect right?

Rob McDwyer @ 15th December 2011 10:15:33

I had my introductory session with Keith this morning, despite the fact he was knocked off his bike by a car last night! Within a few hours of the session, Keith had emailed me through my before-and-after picture and videos, with an analysis of my form and some more advice on improving my new technique. I am looking forward to putting all of this into practice. Thanks Keith!

Brett Chester @ 30th November 2011 09:53:50

I am a difficult uncoordinated patient at the best of times but Keith AKA the "Running Dr", had me going again in record speed. From shin splints to running. Bliss!! Thank you Keith - eternally grateful.

Albert Alonso @ 9th November 2011 12:52:40

As a Sports Physiotherapist, I see a large variety of running injuries present at our Clinic. Whilst you may injure a joint, muscle, ligament or tendon running - initially you need to address the local site of pain, weakness, inflexibility, poor control, etc - ultimately you need to look at the complete kinetic chain & running gait that overloaded your injured running body part in the first place! Keith has not only been an invaluable part of returning my injured runners back to health, but also contributing to runners' education, gait efficiency & PBs. Thanks Keith!

Scott Partridge @ 30th October 2011 21:27:56

G'day Keith, I got a new running watch for my 40th birthday last week. I decided to put the new techniques you taught me to the test. When I was 38 and training for the marathon my best time was 27 mins 27 seconds for 5.59ks. Today I did the the run at the grand old age if 40 in 25 mins 31 seconds. An average of 4:34 per k. Previously I was shaving seconds. Today I shaved minutes. Thanks Keith!

Michael Bedward @ 17th October 2011 14:45:14

Just wanted to pass on a small testimonial anecdote from today's Sri Chinmoy race... At about the 6 or 7km mark another runner pulled level with me and complimented me on my running form. Needless to say, this has never happened before :) I'm well used to getting comments during races but only about my odd footwear. I'm pretty sure that my form went pear shaped in the second half of the race but the first 8km felt smoother than anything i've done before and really enjoyable. All the best, Michael

Ti Smith @ 23rd May 2011 09:05:15

Thank you for the training over the past couple of months. The change in technique and intense sessions paid dividends in the SMH Half Marathon with a 93 minute run and negative splits for each 5k. It has given me the confidence to step up to a full marathon later this year and an opportunity to run and run!

Warren Williams @ 21st January 2011 14:55:02

I have trained with Keith in Sean Williams' Squad for the past few years. He is an inspiration to all of us and a great mentor to the junior runners. I have had a one on one run with Keith around the hills of Coogee and in that short time he was able to pass on some very worthwhile techniques to improve my hill running and cadence!!!

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