QOTW: Pose Running Method May 22, 2019 16:42 Updated Not a Member yet? $25/month Get Purple Patch Education Membership, A complete performance education program for coaches and athletes. SUBSCRIBE You need to sign in to view this page. Author: Matt Dixon Question of the Week Q: I wonder if you have any thoughts on the POSE running method of running to improve technique and efficiency? I have a friend (not a triathlete) who swears by it, and I was thinking of giving it a try. I would love your thoughts. A: Your timing is both ironic and impeccable. The theme of our coaching team roundtable discussion in which our coaches present to each other and discuss best practice for education and alignment was on running form. As a part of this session, coaches prepared a case study on both Chi Running and Pose Running. We set up the discussion as: A review of the method Any potential positive points or areas of alignment Red flags and areas of concerns How it related to the Purple Patch athletes As a part of the process, we also reviewed any relevant science or data we could find. Chi Running First up was Chi Running, and the coaches did a super job of remaining impartial and presenting all the information. The headline results for Chi Running was that there are, ironically, a few positive elements we could draw from their promises, but these were mostly isolated to becoming more in tune with feelings, some postural cues, awareness, and a drive away from the shackles of the obsession of metrics. We also exposed some rather curious claims, including how the foot needs to do next to nothing within running. In essence, it all “sounds nice,” but the actual yield in performance would be limited. As Purple Patch coach, Michael Olzinski, put it so well: “The potential risk is low, but so is the potential for reward.” It won’t do harm and there is nothing dangerous or risky but don’t venture into the process expecting a great return. Pose Running Method The next investigation was Pose Running. Wow. The team outlined really in-depth findings and remained open in dialogue, but the findings were unanimous. Unlike Chi running, the Pose Method seems to produce a much higher risk of injury. Our biggest challenges were: Loading the calf and Achilles too much: High injury risk from turf toe to calf issues. Unsustainable over any period especially coming off the bike Spurious claims around the benefits of “pulling” off the ground and not focusing on propulsion The claim of the method of reduced injury and improved economy although the science would suggest otherwise as outlined in the article Pose Running Reduces Running Economy: The Missing Study. To us, as an experienced team, this approach would actually increase the risk of injury, lower economy, and have a suppressed cap on performance progression. Run to the hills! I honestly cannot think of anyone who I would apply the approach to or who it may benefit. There is another red flag we collectively had with the presentation and promotion of the approach which was the use of very elite runners to showcase their form. They tied loose connections to elite runners and the form and ignored the unimaginable natural gift of tensile strength and power to weight ratio that the elite runners have. The equivalent is us showing you a video of a man in the circus named “The Human Pretzel” and asking you to mimic the range of motion at his joints. It isn’t going to happen. In summary, lean into the basics. Consistent running with a focus on the actionable elements of good form. I would encourage you to focus on understanding and leaning into the concepts of MFP running and save your pennies. I hope that helps. Matt Related articles MwM: Racing in the Heat An End of an Era Minimal Form Pace (MFP) in Running Aqua Ace Is Depriving Yourself Of Calories In Training A Good Idea?