SOLE, MAN! 19 May 2010


Hi Lauren,

I saw a segment on HBO's 'Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel' last night about training barefoot and thought you might like to check it out.  The bit focused primarily on running barefoot, but really the concepts discussed apply to all exercise.  I know you're a big proponent of barefoot training and that people frequently ask you why/what are the benefits so I thought I'd pass this along (not going to lie here, it was hard for me to give up working out in my comfy, marshmallow-y running shoes when I started Lithing, but now I'm used to it and like the change-up!). You can watch the whole episode on demand if you have Comcast and get HBO.  I believe they put the episodes on demand about 24 hours after they air.  S

Thanks, S! 

Yep, I am all about training barefoot and I've been touting it for years.  I love that it's now hitting the mainstream media and that people are starting to listen.  People used to look at me like I was nuts when I told them that they wouldn't need their sneakers-that we Lithe without shoes. I strongly believe that it is one of the main reasons that Lithers are so injury-free.

Your foot is a marvel of 26 bones, 33 joints, 3 arches, and over a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments. For millions of years humans went their entire lives barefoot. Runners competed in marathons and even broke the 4-minute mile barrier wearing only leather slippers.

Barefoot training prevents injuries, promotes a natural gait, lifts and strengthens your arch, allows you to access your core better and makes you stronger all over from the feet up.  It's not for everyone though and I know that it's pretty impossible to run through the city without sneakers but Vibram makes an incredible barefoot running shoe.  Want to read more about it? Check out Christopher McDougall’s book, Born To Run. Thanks for sending! 

Images of Lither, Lindsay Church & Lithe Instructor, Nicole Sewall via Dom, Borntorun.org & spotcoolstuff.com


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"allows you to access your core better and makes you stronger all over from the feet up"

This is so true! Your feet may take a beating at first but in the long run the barefoot workout makes you stronger overall (in my opinion)

Yeah when I saw the segment I immediately thought of barefoot training at Lithe. I doubt you'll ever see me running 'sans sneaks' around the city, but as for Lithing I think it's a nice change of pace (no pun intended). When we do plyos/jumps barefoot you can just feel your whole leg working on the takeoff and the landing.

I also thought of Lithe when I read Born to run! Highly recommended whether runner/not.

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