In this segment, MacKenzie develops the five-degree angle of lean during Pose running. Katona’s first drill is hopping in place and then leaning from the ankles to create the bare minimum angle necessary to create forward motion. In another drill, MacKenzie spots Katona as he falls forward with his body weight, being sure he doesn’t break at the hip.
MacKenzie stresses the importance of foot placement underneath your center of mass.
“Anything that lands in front of a forward-moving body is just putting on the brakes,” he says.
The heel also puts on the brakes to forward motion. MacKenzie explains why a heel strike is “not conducive to running,” demonstrating how the arch serves as a shock absorber when landing on the ball of the foot.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: The Basics of Pose Running Techniques by Brian MacKenzie, published Dec. 1, 2007.