When asked what makes Lance Armstrong so successful, Romanov says it is his technique.
“He has best technique in cycling—best,” Romanov says. “Second, of course, is mental condition—he is stronger than anyone else.”
Nathan Forster of CrossFit Miami Beach asks Romanov about orthotics. According to Romanov, they are “crutches.” The arch should never be weight bearing.
“For movement, you have to be on the forefoot,” he says, and for standing we use the heel.
Severin Romanov adds that barefoot training is therapeutic.
“When you train barefoot, it actually sometimes recovers the arch to its original shape,” he says.
While Romanov says barefoot running develops “your relationship with the Earth” and its gravitational and electromagnetic forces, he recommends racing flats or “minimalistic shoes.” He says they provide better friction, and according to Pose principles, “friction we need to better have support for falling,” he says. Shoes allow a better rate of falling than going barefoot, so barefoot runners are never the fastest.
Additional reading: The Basics of Pose Running Techniques by Brian MacKenzie, published Dec. 1, 2007.