- Publisher: Pose Tech Press; Ill edition (16 Dec. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0972553703
- ISBN-13: 978-0972553704
- Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 2.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,745,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pose Method of Running Paperback – 16 Dec 2002
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Back in late June (2013), I was struggling to add mileage each week in my running.
I have been running for 5 years, I started out just average, no experience, no training, no coaching or anything. Which might have worked out, but as I have learned; our shoes today, are not even close to what they were 100+ years ago. My feet were conditioned to working with thick rubber pads on them.
So I used and learned improper technique.
The last two years I had/have tried just about everything; from running on grass, gravel, pavement, to my programing being: just running, or running w/some lower body weight lifting, to running w/lower body weight lifting w/cross training with bicycling and walking.
Long story short, last June I was basically at the bottom of my rope, I could not get above 5 miles a week without getting shin splints; (my max ever was 13 mi. a week), I started looking around for alternative running styles before I decided to throw in the towel, and lo and behold I found Pose, started doing research on YouTube, read "Born to Run", and over the course of about 6 weeks completely changed my technique for the better!
I also read the book: Power, Speed, Endurance by Brian MacKenzie & Glen Cordoza, you can read my review of that to get a full view of the way my fitness has changed over the past 6 months.
Because after I learned the correct way to run, I was of the mindset still that volume, volume, volume, and Long Slow Distance training was the way to go; that changed a few weeks ago. And I've learned that for Conditioning and Training you need CrossFit programming, not Long Slow with Volume.
At the end of the day, I am so blessed to learn of this now, when I'm 17, not when I'm 40 or 50!
Regarding the book, the prose style is kind of weak and drags on. It is very poetic, not too explicit nor empirical, and doesn't seem well-adapted to the audience. I think poets sympathetic to Dr. Romanov's cause would enjoy it, though.
There is a lot of fluff; the book could be a third the size and still get to the basics of the POSE technique. I was not swayed by the first dozen (or more?) chapters of argumentation in favor of the system, I bought the book, I am working with the technique, I don't need a million justifications as to why I am right in doing so.
The best part of the book is the cue system while running. "Imagine falling forward" etc. That, a few of the drills, and the mid-to-forefoot strike form the basis of the system, and are worth the price of admission. If they work for you, you'll give the book a 5 star review. If the improvement is only moderate (my case), you may look at the system a little more neutrally.
Ultimately, it's a reasonable read if you want to investigate running technique further. Keep running, don't be a zealot about any system of exercise or running, and that should take you far in your running career and life.
I personally like how the book tries to 'sell you the idea' at the beggining, because in my head I always go through all the other products searching for the one which simply works the best, most scientific reseatch etc.
The Method works for itself... do the drills, over and over again, and within little time you WILL notice significant differences to 1) your technique (no more pounding the concrete) 2) your speed and 3) your endurance.
I have 1 critisism however...
After reading, studdying and applying the Pose Method, everytime you come across another runner running 'traditionally' (Heel striker, bouncer etc), you WILL cringe and become inclined to offer assistance. More often than not, they will just look at you blankly and contuinue off with their self-destructive technique.
Also, a little word of warning to others whom get the book. Please work up to the exercises in the book... Don't go straight and try the hardest hip exercise (the one armed same leg 'hip dip' thing) before mastering the other exercises. EVEN if you can do one armed pushups, they are completely different exercises and you WILL end up hurting your lower back. Now you may be laughing or wondering what in the Earth am I talking about, but it is surprising how many people I have seen try and then fail, complaining about their sore back.
Well thats my $0.02, Dont hesitate, click add to Cart and enjoy.