Elite athletes such as world-class on-water rower Erin Cafaro don’t have a lot of trouble learning new athletic techniques, but it still helps when the inventor is doing the instruction.
In Part 2 of this series, Pose Method creator Dr. Nicholas Romanov teaches Cafaro about pulling her foot off the ground to create an efficient stride.
According to Romanov, the pull is a combination of hip and knee flexion, and the height of the pull is determined by the speed of the stride. When sprinting, for example, you lean forward more than when jogging, and consequently you need to pull the foot higher off the ground. Finally, Dr. Romanov fine-tunes Cafaro’s mechanics to allow her to stop “interrupting” the force of gravity.
On her final trip across the gym at the University of San Diego, Cafaro looks less like a rower and more like a runner.
Additional reading: Body Weight Perception by Dr. Nicholas Romanov, published Dec. 28, 2009.