Now this is a good ad for Vibram/going barefoot …

 
Just found this on Mark’s site, an excellent introduction to going barefoot for the lay person, as well as a nice pump for Vibram.

Wearing Speeds these days myself, and loving them.

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CEO, founder, and architect of The 21 Convention, Anthony Dream Johnson is the leading force behind the world's first and only "panorama event for life on earth". He has been featured on WGN Chicago, and in the NY Times #1 best seller The Four Hour Work Week.    His stated purpose for the work he does is "the actualization of the ideal man", a purpose that has led him to found and host The 21 Convention across 3 continents and for 6 years in a row. Anthony blogs vigorously at TheDreamLounge.net and Declarationism.com.

5 Responses to Now this is a good ad for Vibram/going barefoot …

  1. MNL April 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    I’m a fan of going barefoot and especially of the Five Fingers. (And I’m also a fan of Mark’s site).. But there’s a fine line between fan and fanatic here that Mark may have crossed. It’s true that the human foot has evolved into a near work of perfection–in response to the world as it’s largely been for the past 2 million years. The human foot has NOT yet adapted very well to world covered in concrete and asphalt. Concrete and asphalt are much more recent inventions. Run for very long in your Five Fingers on a surface other than the sand and trails shown in Mark’s video and you’ll be making a quick appointment to see your physical therapist or orthopedist.

    One PT friend of mine says the Five Fingers shoe has been the greatest blessing yet to his bank account.

    • William C. May 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

      This needs to be corrected.

      The reason why your friend is making money out of people’s injuries is not because people are using Vibrams; It’s because they’re still running as if they were wearing sneakers.

      Running technique is incredibly important when transitioning to barefoot running. The outcome you present is inevitable if heel-striking is not unlearned and replaced by the biomechanically-correct forefoot pulling, which enables posterior-chain suspension to kick in amazingly more efficiently.

      Another point to bring up here is that the foot is such a complex structure that even Mark, in 2 or 3 sequences from the video, is not displayed proper barefoot technique. He’s got external tibial rotation and excessive pronation, suggesting that even though he feels “stronger”, he may lack some key pieces of the puzzle to get the best out of the barefoot/vibram experience.

  2. James May 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    Beautiful , mark grasps the essence of barefoot/ vibrams bio mechanics beautifully. Fuck he looks good.

  3. William C. May 5, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    But it is a great video though. 🙂

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