At the recent CrossFit Tour stop in Big Sky, Mont., Dr. Nicholas Romanov worked with Bret Ellis to improve his running form. In Part 2, the creator of the Pose Method teaches Ellis, owner and head trainer at CrossFit Rabid in Rainbow City, Ala., about “unweighting.”
“It’s a change of support. It’s a small pose,” Romanov explains.
The movement shouldn’t require any effort. Romanov notes that the arms aren’t involved. It’s about taking pressure off the ground and counterbalancing the feet with the shoulders.
“This is what Usain Bolt does and nobody else except him,” Romanov says. “The faster you run, the less effort we should see, because it’s falling.”
Essentially, faster running is faster falling.
“Don’t think about landing—it’s not your business,” he tells Ellis. “Gravity will pull you down.”
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Additional reading: Lessons From a Pose Seminar by Paul Eich, published Dec. 14, 2011.