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Discussing Usain Bolt With Dr. Nicholas Romanov by Dr. Nicholas Romanov and Justin Bergh - CrossFit Journal

Discussing Usain Bolt With Dr. Nicholas Romanov

By Dr. Nicholas Romanov and Justin Bergh

In Coaching, HD Videos, Running

August 30, 2012

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Think the Pose Method only applies to long-distance running? Think again, says Dr. Nicholas Romanov, creator of Pose running.

“It’s great how he runs. It’s beautiful,” he says of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.

Bolt holds the 100-meter and 200-meter world records and recently defended his Olympic titles in both events. Along with his teammates, he set the world record in the 4x100-meter relay at the London Olympics. Bolt is the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting.

Just like long-distance runners, Bolt falls forward when he runs. He just falls forward faster than anyone else, Romanov explains.

“This is a great example because some people say that we’re just teaching people how to jog better, and when you see a guy that runs like Usain Bolt does, this isn’t jogging,” notes Justin Bergh, general manager of the CrossFit Games. “The best sprinter in the world runs Pose Method just like an efficient long-distance runner would run.”

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Additional reading: Lessons From a Pose Seminar by Paul Eich, published Dec. 14, 2011.

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9 Comments on “Discussing Usain Bolt With Dr. Nicholas Romanov ”


wrote …

Can't help to love this video. Thanks for sharing


wrote …

Carl, I love your videos and gymnasticswod. But I don't know about this video. I understand what he is saying, but gravity is not the only thing when it comes to running form. I didn't find this video very informative or entertaining...


wrote …

Mark Tu, thank you for the props. The reason I like this video is because it is genuine and you can tell he just loves his craft. I feel like this is just a different side to a guy who is usually presented in a "very" serious manner. That's all


wrote …

I was luckey to meet the dear Dr. Romanov in Odense, Denmark in Aug.. Always playful and joking but very passionate.
Now... I´m constantly think "Pose - Fall - Pull" or Pull - Pull - Pull - Pull" while running.
Thank You Dr. Romanov. I love to learn!
A happy Greenlandic CrossFitter


wrote …

doc R and coach Carl are the BEST!


Chris Sinagoga wrote …

We need more Dr. Romanov videos!! I would like to see some of him coaching brand new people.

Also, I think the video is slightly misleading. Because I'm pretty sure Bolt doesn't consciously practice running in Pose - considering I have heard him describe his running technique like this (w/f safe)

He just naturally runs within the laws of nature. And his results show it.

Anyone who has not been to a Pose Running cert, I would highly recommend it. This guy is a genuis.


wrote …

People should watch this video, then watch the vid on the link above (or search for it on youtube) and more importantly read the comments from Raphael (CFFB/TTMJ) about sprinting and pose.


wrote …

Watch this video:
I suggest to watch frame by frame from 6:20

A good example of a poor running technique is the guy who is wearing a white t-shirt. Also, take a look when Bolt crosses the finish line and compare with the the other athletes.

Thanks... Carl, Dr. Romanov: I'm a big fan of you guys... Greetings from Chile.


replied to comment from Mark Tu

What a dumbass comment. What the hell are you even saying? Just offering your opinion I guess.

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