Maximizing Your Minimalist Footwear

by Anthony Carey |   Date Released : 13 Mar 2012
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Anthony Carey

About the author: Anthony Carey

Anthony Carey M.A., CSCS, MES is PFP Magazine’s 2009 Personal Trainer of the Year and owner of Function First in San Diego, California and an international presenter on biomechanics, corrective exercise, functional anatomy and motor control and their relationships to pain and function. Anthony has developed the Pain Free Movement Specialist certification and is the inventor of the Core-Tex®.

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Sinitiere, Nick | 27 Mar 2012, 17:27 PM

Great article. Well done.

The following is a subjective statement, even if it is a literal observation that was accurate to 100% of the test population: "Reviewing the research on barefoot walking versus shod (shoes), we see that the foot strike does not shift to the mid-foot and forefoot the way it does with running"

By that logic, I personally, as well as others I know have tweaked their gait patterns, across the board. Running, and walking alike. Some individuals chalk it up to a conscious change in biomechanics, some out of subconscious necessity.

All that to say, I think it's fair to say that minimalists' gait patterns regarding walking, CAN facilitate a forefoot strike, although it may not be inherent.

Again, great article.

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Brown, Tyler | 16 Mar 2012, 15:25 PM

Great article regarding Barefoot training. The public is under the impression barefoot training is another fitness fad. I over hear people time and time again comment on my NB minimilist, saying they offer no support can't be good for me. As a fitness professional we need to change this thinking.

I like the fact that your article touches on proprioception as well as structural. Your rock garden is a fantastic idea.

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