Barefoot Running Step by Step: Barefoot Ken Bob, the Guru of Shoeless Running, Shares His Personal Technique for Running with More Speed, Less Impact, Fewer Injuries and More Fun Paperback – 26 May 2011
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Actually delivers the promise on the cover. If you're going to try it, this book will be a valuable companion.
--Men's Running, October 2011
About the Author
Ken Bob Saxton is the leading instructor and proponent of barefoot running. Featured in Runner's World, the New York Times and the bestseller, Born to Run he has trained thousands of people across the country.
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This book has been written by experts in this field, two men who have been running barefoot since 1987, and regularly complete full marathons and other athletic events wearing nothing on their feet, as well as leading classes and giving seminars around the world on barefoot running technique. Ken Bob Saxton is known as the 'Guru' of shoeless running, and this book certainly isn't out of line with that premise.
It is very nicely produced and published, a good size, with thick pages, all full-colour and packed with photographs, and is broken down clearly into the following chapters:
An introduction to the authors, and the basic premise of barefoot running.
The Technique, head to toe.
Cautions about barefoot running, and the transition to barefoot running.
Barefoot Shoe solutions (Vibram Five Fingers etc) and why to avoid them at first.
Why barefooting will make you faster.
Lastly a chapter on real-world feedback from runners, and a last section on looking to the future.
There is a lot of writing in the book, it is not merely a 1, 2, 3 guide of how to run, instead there are many stories of past experiences, lessons that were learned, and at what cost.Read more ›
However, this is an area where just a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing. I read Born to Run before this book came out & was impatient to get started, so armed myself with a bit of advice from a few random websites. While I utterly enjoyed the tactile sensations of my first barefoot run, afterwards my tendons were so sore due to bad technique that I had to rest them for about 10 days. Thus I discovered the hard way that you really do need to build up slowly & learn the correct skills.Read more ›
I then read a lot of reviews and stories on benefits of transition (I was too chicken to go anything less) shoes. So I bought a pair of Brooks Pure Cadence. Big mistake number 2. After a month of running in them. Things got progressively worse. Next was the doctor who prescribed some serious anti-inframmatories coupled with 10 days to rest. After the medicines wearing off and two weeks of rest, things were as painful as before.
Frustrated I decided to go "more barefoot" with Vivobarefoot Ultras. No help. Then I read this book and kicked my shoes off. Four weeks later, Achilles tendonitis gone!
If you want to have healthy feet, read this book, and follow Ken Bob's advice of listening to your body and taking it easy. There is only one way to do bare footing. By going barefoot. Having lived in conditions where bare footing is not always a practical option, it is a good idea to do it when you can to kill bad habits that come from being shod.
Now I mix between full bare footing (when my wife is not looking) and Vivobarefoots. Happy running.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yes this book covers a lot of info that you would read/gain from a number of BFR books
This book has some very useful pointers and tips for anyone wishing to start barefoot... Read more
As a first time runner since January I read this book as a result of having read "born to run" (also a great book). Read morePublished 11 months ago by Barry Maguire
Barefoot Bible - All you need to know for starting out Barefoot Running!Published 12 months ago by Les Ashton
Not overly impressed, perhaps I need to re-read this as the lessons I took away are pretty simple to work out yourself, I must be missing something. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is the one to go for, with detailed helpful advice on technique from one of the prime movers in US barefooting.Published 17 months ago by M. Benis
Enjoyable read but some points reiterated too much.. still, I enjoyed the read.Published 20 months ago by tony240610
While other reviews might talk about the chatty style of the writing, and their desire to "get on with the technique" I found the whole book really interesting, almost as a... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Lonetour
I'm really keen on sports and fitness, I also have really bad joints...my knees in particular. So always on the look out for information and other peoples views. Read morePublished 22 months ago by BiggsyTheKid