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Pose Method of Running Paperback – 16 Dec 2002

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  • Paperback
  • 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)
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It is not until about page 50 that the Pose Method is actually approached. Then there is a couple of chapters on the subject and it quickly fades into a series of strength exercises to help with the method. There is not enough detail on the technique itself and as it is intended for self coaching there needs to be more information on how the method 'feels'. In the forward the author make a statement about the usefulness of the diagrams that he has included with great thanks to his friends. To be honest the cartoony images are next to useless and their inconsistency detracts from the overall quality of the publication. I would recommend this book but would suggest that the reading is done selectively, picking out the useful bits. Its not a book that needs to be read from cover to cover.
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The first few pages are good, he proposes a simple methodology, but then several chapters of over-complication. i would not recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pose 2 Dec. 2013
By Spencer Cory - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book about 8 months ago or so, and it has completely changed my running performance!

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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad; not very empirical, lots of fluff, decent read, technique is reasonable. 29 Aug. 2013
By C. Catalina - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm no physiologist. I would simply recommend looking into what Mike Caviston, director of fitness with Naval Special Warfare, states on the issue of running technique. If you are running as fast as you'd like and injury-free, don't be tempted by POSE, Chi, etc. If you're experiencing injuries, it may be the case that a forefoot strike will aid with knee injuries, but can then dispose one to ankle injuries. With that said, I encourage anyone interested to explore those things that interest them regarding running technique; just make sure to go run, too!

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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary 3 Mar. 2011
By King - Published on Amazon.com
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POSE Method Of Running is simply superb. If you need more proof, read through all the other reviews...
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Two Must Haves on Running Form 25 Aug. 2011
By louienapoli - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm surprised that this book is no longer sold directly by Amazon. Has it gone out of print? Odd, considering the popularity of the barefoot-minimal shoe-proper form running movement, which this book helped start. The book teaches the mechanics of running to reduce the impact on the body. The keys are landing on the balls of the feet, not the heels, using gravity by leaning forward from the ankle, and keeping the stride short so your foot lands under your center of mass instead of way out in front of you. Sounds simple enough, but there's a lot to think about until it becomes a habit. This book lays out the method, offers drills, and explanations that are informative and inspiring. I bought this book after I read Chi Running, and the two are very similar in their approach, with one key difference being that Pose teaches a ball of the foot landing, Chi uses a midfoot landing. Whether one is better than the other will likely depend on who's running. Enough people, myself included, have used the principles to enjoy running and eliminate or reduce injury. The theory is that the human body is suited to running long distances but that we've learned bad habits partially because the shoe companies have created running shoes that damage the body by trying to imprison the foot in a heavily padded pronation/supination control device. Like Chi Running, the Pose recommends racing flats or other running shoes without bells and whistles. A minimal shoe that lets the foot function as nature intended, along with a running form suited to the way our bodies were designed to run are the two pieces of the safe running puzzle. If you want to try an approach that might well make running fun and help you avoid injury, this book is required reading.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book on "The Method', a little Pricey and Could Have Been more Compact, Worth the Read 16 Nov. 2009
By Daniel Hurley - Published on Amazon.com
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I have run (pun not intended) through the Chi book and watched the evolution of running DVD but I found this book very helpful in describing the Pose method in detail and in particular the diagrams do a great job demonstrating the correct posture versus the wrong. There are difference in the explanations and in Pose I had a greater impression that the lean did not have to as significant as I thought under Chi. And in Pose, the author discusses lifting the ankles under the center of the hips and letting gravity allow the legs to fall without as much need to push off. Chi emphasizes kicking the feet back, which may be the same but sounds more difficult but also discusses allowing gravity to have its effect. Both books are well worth reading particularly as they emphasize reducing impact on the joints and running more efficiently. Writer Matt Fitzgerald indicates that studies show form changes don't often help runners run faster based on bio mechanical differences and needs, but he does admit that efficiency can be improved and all agree that barefoot running, when and where you can do it, is essential in learning how to run more efficiently. In the book, the author takes a long run up to give a biographical revelation on how he discovered the Pose method in 90 plus pages but it is a quick read. Quite a lot of the book is composed of exercises that assist you in learning and training for the method as well as numerous exercises to strengthen your core muscles allowing greater ability to sustain balance and the lean. The latter part of the book has excellent examples of the right and wrong way, the simply graphic showing the right lean versus the wrong was very helpful since I found myself doing too much of a forward lean. I also have/am guilty of concentrating more on leg turn over versus the right way to land. A clinic course would be helpful but from doing the drills and practicing the components one or two at a time (doing everything right all at once is a lot to concentrate on) it appears to be doable even possibly for an old heel striker like me. The book is a little pricey (5 stars if more compact) and I think a more compact version would have been just as good but it is worth the read but consider buying on Amazon used.
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