Imagine finishing a prolonged run, retiring for the evening and feeling nothing but enjoyment—no injuries, no pain. This is what Pose Method creator Dr. Nicholas Romanov hopes for his athletes.
Erin Cafaro is one of the world’s best on-water rowers. In a private session at the University of San Diego, Dr. Romanov teaches her how to run by practicing correct posing and working with nature and gravity. Movement is the alternation of poses—moving from one pose to another—and the concept can be applied to any movement.
In Pose running, you focus on one position that keeps you moving forward and conserves energy. The impetus for this movement is gravity, and when an athlete grasps this concept, she ceases to fight nature and begins to work with it.
The baseline concept (or pose) is referred to as the “balance stance.” Dr. Romanov draws an imaginary vertical line through the athlete, and the line is anchored to the ground by the ball of the foot. When the natural counterbalance is taken from the equation, the body looks like the number “4” and the running looks and sounds more efficient.
Additional reading: Training 2 Miles to Run 100 by Greg Amundson, published Feb. 19, 2009.