POSE IN PRESS A collection of articles about Pose Method and Dr.Romanov in various publications.
FLEET FEET SPORTS LAGUNA NIGUEL NEWSLETTER (USA)
Pose Method Running - Is it a Gimmick?
by Michael Collins
I have been a swimming coach for over 20 years and in the swimming world most people understand the importance of technique if you want to become a great swimmer. However, running seems to be a bit different as the main focus is on training harder, longer, or faster, and people will just "naturally" learn to run correctly by doing a lot of it.
TECHNIQUE, TECHNIQUE, TECHNIQUE Most of the running books I have checked out spend a lot more time on the training of running instead of the technique of running. Even the books that have technique sections don't teach it in a simple to follow, progressive pattern. Most think of running as more of a conditioning sport than a technique sport like golf or tennis, and it is more aerobically based than those two sports, BUT running with poor form will increase your heart rate and keep you slow, REGARDLESS of how much running you do. Technique greatly affects the heart rate and efficiency. Learning to run with efficient technique is a critical skill to economy running.
Recently there has been a lot of talk about the Pose Method of running, but many don't know what it means or what it is about. This article will answer some of those questions.
What is the Pose Method? The Pose Method is a system for learning to run with efficiency and speed and staying injury free by using proper body movement and timing combined with using the natural laws of nature to assist as much as possible.
Is the Pose Method new? No. The ideas used in the Pose Method have been around a long time. Some of the foundational beliefs of the Pose Method come from famous people of the past including Leonardo da Vinci, Nikolai Bernstein, and Graham Brown. Here are a few good quotes that are the essence of the Pose Method:
"Motion is created by the destruction of balance, that is, of equality of weight, for nothing can move by itself, which does not leave its state of balance, and that thing moves most rapidly, which is furthest from its balance." - Leonardo da Vinci
"The movement is more economical and therefore more efficient, when the organism utilizes more external forces for its performance and adds less active muscles' work." -Nikolai Bernstein, 1947
"It seems to me that the act of progression itself - whether it be by flight through the air or by such movements as running over surface of the ground-consists essentially in a movement in which the center of gravity of the body is allowed to fall forwards and downwards under the action of gravity, and in which the momentum thus gained is used forward, so that from one point in the cycle to the corresponding point in the next, no work is done (theoretically), but the mass of the individual is, in effect, moved horizontally through the environment". - Graham Brown, 1912
Is the Pose Method Different?
No and Yes. There are runners out there who run beautifully who have never heard of the Pose Method. They, either "naturally" or through the help of a coach, have found the way to run fast using the earth's natural forces to help them instead of trying to overcome them.
The Pose Method is different in that it is a systematic pattern of drills to follow, that has been missing in the running world, designed to teach the body to be in the right space and timing and to use the natural laws of nature to help with the movement.
I often compare the Pose Method of Running to Total Immersion Swimming. Total Immersion doesn't teach different swimming mechanics than other modern technique coaches, but they do teach it in a consistent, easy to understand progression of drills and use video analysis as a critical factor in the learning process.
A very strong component in the Pose Method is the use of video analysis as well. I believe it is possible to learn and improve more in an hour video analysis lesson or in a day or weekend clinic, than in years of training with incorrect technique.
Why learn the Pose Method? It is the best method out there of how to run efficiently. The principles are easy to understand, yet very detailed, and are based on sound principles of correct body mechanics combined with using the laws of nature to assist with movement. The technique promotes faster running with less injury potential.
By Multisports.com Coach Michael Collins
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