Over the last few months, Merrell and I have been working on a new barefoot/minimalist shoe running format. The goal of the new format was simple:
Create a method of teaching barefoot running that was simple and easy for the average person to share with others.
The result: BareForm.
We teach BareForm as the “ABC’s” of barefoot running. Here’s the run-down:
A = Align Posture. We have people interlock their fingers and stretch them over their heads, then slightly bend their knees and bring their arms down to their sides at a 45° angle.
B = Balanced Footstrike. We teach people people to allow their feet to land under their hips. The foot should land almost “pancake flat” and every part of the sole should touch the ground.
C = Count Your Cadence. Both feet should touch the ground at least 180 times per minute.
That’s it. If a person achieves all three of these elements, they’ll have learned about 95% of good form.
Of course, running form can get MUCH more complex than this. The ABC method isn’t meant to be an exhaustive method to teach the nuances of barefoot and minimalist shoe running. It is meant to be a simple easy to share introduction.