The cheetah can run faster than any other land animal— as fast as 70 to 75 mph, in short bursts covering distances up to 1,600 ft, and has the ability to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in three seconds. (Thanks Wikipedia)
Pose Method Running was introduced to me when I attended the CrossFit Endurance Certification. We did a lot with the Pose Method and learned drills, how to run more efficiently, and learned how to use gravity to help us run faster. I took 2 more classes of Pose Method Running and met with Master Pose Run Coach, Valerie Hunt, based out of Austin, TX and I was officially hooked.
What I LOVE about learning about the Pose Method was that there was scientific evidence behind this concept. Pose talks about Gravity and Leonardo da Vinci, General Center of Mass (GCM), muscular elasticity, and stride frequency. Yes, I am a SCIENCE GEEK. Dr. Romanov figured out this concept in the late 70's and started growing and building it over the years.
What I have learned about Pose Method Running...some people love the concept, hate it, too many injuries, don't understand it, something is wrong about it, etc. But, isn't that about anything in life...CrossFit, Triathlon, Olympic Lifting, Zone Diet, Paleo Diet, eggs are good for you, bacon is bad for you (is there such a concept)...but you get my point.
What I really enjoyed learning more about Pose Method Running recently was thinking about how animals run or how they move through space...
Look at your dog or cat...in each case, the rear legs are bent in all joints. There is no full extension and no complete unbending in the joints, which is complete natural running. (Romanov, N., Pose Method of Running, Coral Gables, FL, Pose Tech Press, p 79-80).
Animals have an S-like stance, like the pose (see dark color below), keeps all the connective tissues-muscles, tendons and ligaments, in a resilient, elastic state. Connective tissue that is not over stretched will work efficiently.
Look at your dog and cat again...do they have heels? No...they don't. They don't strike their heels on the ground since they don't have them. Natural selection has forced them to run on the front part of the foot.
In the same idea, the Pose Method runner is supported on the ball of their foot, with their legs bent in the joints...just how animals are running, in the Olmos Basin Park or Africa.
Being in your Pose Running using "elastic" running will help you maintain high stride rate without going anaerobic, which we don't want and it gives you the ability to run faster at great distances and still keep something in reserve.
As a triahletes and a runner, why would you NOT want to learn how to do Pose Method Running??
Preview Pose Method Running Clinic...Saturday, September 8th
at 210 CrossFit at 9:00 am!