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Running. The most natural motion of human kind.
You always knew how to run? Just one step after the next, right? If running was that simple and the way most run was that natural, no one would get hurt. Maybe there is more to it after all.
Everybody knows how important technique is in swimming or nordic skiing. However, few realize that biomechanics are running even more important. Why? Running is jumping. Jumping is extremely hard on your body. The impact of landing is multiple times the runner's bodyweight and therefore tremendous. The faster you run, the greater the impact also for featherweight runners. ou hear about injuries all the time a mong pro runners and hobbyjoggers.
Less than 3% of runners run efficiently. They not only put unnecessary strain on their body but they run much slower than their fitness levels would allow them. The more inefficient you run, the heavier your running feels and the slower you become. Your body is put through unnatural workload. Slow times and injuries give proof to suboptimal biomechanics.
There is no reason to run unnatral and inefficient. There is nothing easier than running efficient.We all knew how to do it when we just started running as small children. We knew how to flythen, we still know it now. It only takes reactivation of old motion patterns in your brain. Thisis what FLIGHT PHASE does. FLIGHT PHASE does not teach new things but helps you leverage your potential. FLIGHT PHASE brings you back to the way of flying effortlessly you used to be able to do as a child.
For beginners only?
Everybody knows how to run. Especially track & field athletes and triathletes know it. Short ground contact. Long flight phase. integration of plyometrics to improve your runing form just like yours licensed coaches and national coaches taught all those years? All of that is what running technique is about. Right?
That is what Larissa Kleinmann thought, too. She was proven wrong many years after she ended her running career, leaving her shaking her head at what opportunities and potential, and speed was left on the track unused back in her days on the German national T&F team. The Laws of Physics were used to put unnecessary limits on her own performs but also the performances of her middle and long distance running peers. Biomechanics were neglected. All that counted was: running, running, running-in whichever method or speed or volume. Technique was a word never crossing anyone's mouth or focus- a HUGE mistake.
More than 1500 people learn how to fly in FLUGPHASE's running workshops. It is all about execution. Theory is explained for the cognitive brains, but focus lies on the ability to put theory into practice and fly not only on paper or Powerpoint. Simple practical exercise close to the actual intended motion pattern bring more efficiency and therefore more speed, lightness, and health into the lives of thousands of runners in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Luxemburg. GPS systems show improvements of 5s to 2min. per kilometer within a few days or weeks.
We were born without shoes. But we wear them daily. They are supposed to protect us. They are supposed to cushion us. They are supposed to stabilize us. But why ??
Mankind is born to run. Our human anatomy is made to make us autonomous: to cushion us, to stabilize us, and to protect us using a perfectly tuned mechanical system made up of muscles, connective tissue such as ligaments, fascia or tendons, and bones. Our way of moving - our motion pattern - adds to the mechanical system: if you move efficiently, you protect your orthopedic health and save energy.
The product of the 80s were the start of a fatal development in the running shoe industry. This lasted until around 2006 when Newton Running came on the market. Still today, most running shoes in the shelves are extremely cushioned, high heeled, and many are artifically stabilizing. They all do what we are made to do on our own. Artifical help makes us weaker. Weakness makes us instable. Instability injures us. High heels mattress shoes prevent us from running efficiently. A vicious cycle to be finally broken!
Switching to natural running shoes is not enough, however, if your motion pattern was destroyed long ago and inefficiencies automized ever since. FLIGHT PHASE offers a pool of test shoes at its workshop. The essential part of coming back to the human nature of efficient natural running form is working on biomechanics, doing technique drills, and building up full-body strength and mobility.
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