CrossFitters know all about gravity: it’s the unrelenting force that sometimes keeps a PR deadlift glued to the floor. But according to Dr. Nicholas Romanov, gravity can also make you a better runner.
Dr. Romanov, a two-time Olympic coach, invented the Pose Method in the 1970s as a way to improve efficiency by letting gravity do some of the work usually done by muscles. For an untrained observer, it can be hard to tell Pose runners from “normal” runners, but still photographs of Pose athletes reveal that a straight but oblique line can be drawn between the shoulder, hip and ankle at ground contact due to a forward-leaning body position. In traditional running, that line is often curved, with the ankle in front of the hip during the support phase of the stride.
Using Dr. Romanov’s technique, runners attempt to conserve energy by leaning forward, pulling the feet off the ground, avoiding heel strikes and letting gravity take care of the rest. Each step becomes a very precise movement designed to produce maximum efficiency.
Video by CrossFit by Overload.
Additional reading: The Basics of Pose Running Techniques by Brian MacKenzie, published Dec. 1, 2007.