In a companion piece to the articles by Collins and MacKenzie in this issue, triathlete and multisports coach Michael Collins explains how to work with, rather than against, the natural forces at play in nonsprint running. Gravity, ground reaction, muscle elasticity, muscle contraction, torque, and momentum are the key factors. However, the technique of many, if not most, runners is such that they are always fighting these elements rather than harnessing them to their advantage.
The Pose method for running is all about understanding the biomechanics and physics involved in maximizing efficiency (and minimizing impact on the body) to enable you to run farther faster. Once you understand and can harness the three pieces of the running movement--the pose (or posture), fall, and pull--running becomes an entirely different beast.
Michael Collins is the first level-4 certified Pose Method Coach and also trains and certifies other coaches in the Pose Method. He owns Multisports Orange County in California and is head coach for Orange County's Nova Masters swimming program. He can be reached at email@example.com or 949-338-6682.