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Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-free Running [Paperback]

Danny Dreyer , Katherine Dreyer
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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19 April 2004
Even the most minor of injuries can sideline a runner from being active for an extended period of time; some are even determined to run through the pain and risk injuring themselves further. Danny Dreyer's technique, ChiRunning, can help prevent these injuries and promote the ability to run faster, farther, and with less effort at any age. ChiRunning employs the deep power reserves in the core muscles of the trunk, an approach that evolved out of such disciplines as yoga, Pilates, and t'ai chi. Dreyer's training principles are broken down step-by-step to accommodate all levels of runners.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (19 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074325144X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743251440
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Toby Tanserauthor of "Train Hard, Win Easy"The most exciting and revolutionary book to hit the running community this decade.

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Danny Dreyer, an esteemed walking and running coach, is a nationally ranked ultramarathon runner. He conducts workshops nationwide and lectures frequently at races and events. He is the coauthor, with Katherine Dreyer, of ChiRunning.^Katherine Dreyer brings to this book more than twenty years of experience in the health, personal growth, and fitness fields. She now works with Danny to create ChiRunning, ChiWalking, and ChiLiving programs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your "Run" of the Mill Running Book 26 Sep 2008
What an interesting running book! Buy this book if you:

-would like to be able to run well into your old age
-would like to improve your running form and have fewer injuries
-would like to have a more philosophical approach to your running
-would like to increase your overall health

Here's how the book roughly pans out:

-Chapter 1: compares power running to ChiRunning
-Chapter 2: goes into the 5 principles upon which TaiChi and ChiRunning are based
-Chapter 3: gets into the "inner" skills of ChiRunning

As you can see, the first 3 chapters lay out the philosopical foundation- that's so when you get to the specific techniques, they make sense.

Chaper 4: learn about the ChiRunning "focuses"- which are the specific physical and mental methods used to run more efficiently.

Chapters 5-9: covers program development, peak performance training and diet. Note: Chapter 7 also covers some info on common injuries such as muscle cramps, plantar fasciitis (also rec. The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution for more info on this), heel cord problems.

Chapter 10: how to incorporate the ChiRunning principles into your everyday life

As you can tell, ChiRunning, with its mind-body approach, is far from your typical book on running- and shouldn't be missed by any serious runner. Happy trails.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Revolutionary, but Interesting 27 Aug 2011
I purchased this book out of interest for a holiday read, rather than to learn a new way of running. I have been running for over 20 years and could relate to many of the things that Danny highlights in his book. There are some good tips and pointers for people new to the running game - for example the use of your arms, focussing your mind whilst running and how to run hills, but I got a little distracted by his constant references to Chi and his way of holistic living. If you are an experienced club runner, you will probably learn very little from this book that you don't already know; however, if you are taking up running after a long break, or constantly suffer with running injuries then I suggest that this may be an interesting book for you to read. That said, do not take everything that he says too literally as what works for Danny may not necessary work for you. In sum, an interesting take on what works for Danny in his holistic world of Chi. A light read rather than a complete reference/study book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 9 July 2011
By DaveH
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Prior to reading this book I was having a lot of aches, pains and stiffness in my lower legs. Since adopting the form explained in this book my legs feel really good both during and after a run. The focuses that are used I have also found really useful to keep my mind in the positive. This in itself makes running easier as it stops the mind drifting into thinking about little twinges while running that get worse purely because I'm thinking about them. Highly recommended and not an expensive book so what is there to lose?
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good points/ bad points... 23 May 2009
By numpty
I initially thought this book/technique was great; but the more I learned about running the shallower it became...

1.high cadence, low impact, 'balanced' running
(reasonably well covered, but not exactly rocket science)
2. general stuff on diet, stretching, bio-mechanics
3.Shear joy and delight of running through nature (Good!)

1.trying to force all shapes and sizes to run in exactly the same style
2.his tedious 'can do' life story and anecdotes! (all a bit happy clappy)
3.tendency to stray into mystical pseudo science

I too get a sort of 'spiritual high' running through nature, which this book reflects the mood of pretty well. I have tho since read far more instructive books on bio-mechanics and Heart-rate monitor training. So a decent 'mood piece' for a new runner if you want to come from that angle, but ultimately not a lot of depth.
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101 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended book 6 July 2006
I read many books about running and this is the first I have encountered that seriously discusses running posture / style and the biomechanics of running from a practical viewpoint. Don't be scared by the title "Chi Running" - there is nothing supernatural about these techniques - in fact it is as natural as it can be! However, we need to re-learn HOW to run (like we did when we were kids!) - in an effortless way, free of injuries. Danny Dreyer guides you through a system where you use the core (and core muscles) in a more effective way through a forward body lean. The idea of effective body movement through the use of core muscles is also found in Terry Laughlin: "Total immersion" - a guide on swimming.

I won't go into more detail here - I will leave that to the author of "Chi Running"!

The book is filled with additional information on running, but the instruction on the running posture is what makes it so special and worth studying. I try to put the instructions into practise, step by step, and I feel it's working. My speed has improved and I am much more aware of keeping a proper technique through the races, which makes running long distances more enjoyable.

The instructor in my gym (professional sport instructor) borrowed the book and started running again after a long break - now he is free from previous injuries that prevented him from running.

For those of us who don't have a Chi-running instructor nearby, the video instruction is necessary. It should be included with the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I bought this for my brother who has running and ...
I bought this for my brother who has running and back injuries. He says it's made a big difference, he's able to run much longer with no pain now. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Crossley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very interesting and useful book. Have recommended to others
Published 2 months ago by cathryn woodward
5.0 out of 5 stars Made sense and fitted my natural style of running. ...
Made sense and fitted my natural style of running. Ignore the more spiritual bits and there are some very handy tips here for running faster with less effort.
Published 2 months ago by read and read...
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting - but it's difficult to know if you ...
Very interesting - but it's difficult to know if you have got the correct posture. This is no reflection on the book however.
Published 2 months ago by BajanGirl17
5.0 out of 5 stars Best running book
This is a great book. After reading a dozen or so other books on running form and fitness this is the one that's helped most to improve my training capacity and race times. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jason M. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent style of running
Was drawn to this book after sustaining injury.. only wish I had read it sooner.. now so far so good.
Published 3 months ago by Dave Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Try it...!
After years of struggling with injury I have embarked on the Chirunning programme and so far so good. Read more
Published 4 months ago by RM
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Makes a Lot of Sense, Could Be a Lot Shorter Though!!
I like this book, it makes a lot of sense…once you get to about chapter 4 or 5. It’s a real effort to read the first few chapters as I felt they really weren’t relevant. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ms Linda Meehan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great on running technique; mixed with irrelevant mysticism and...
When I started to run I looked for a book that would teaching running technique. Most of the books that I found were either motivational or concentrated on training schedules. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Scorchio
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look
I read about this book many places and am glad I got it. It introduced me to the idea of running with a central column leaving the arms and legs loose - using the image of a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Karen
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