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ChiRunning DVD: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-free Running

Danny Dreyer  |  G |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Danny Dreyer
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: FireLight Films
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009EP3LI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,123 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

NEW EDITION! Practiced by thousands of runners, the ChiRunning technique is easy to learn and takes the benefits of running beyond cardiovascular and aerobic by addressing the needs of the whole person; joints and ligaments, body and soul. You'll learn to run using your highly efficient core muscles while relaxing the rest of your body, allowing gravity to do the work instead of your legs. Using principles of T'ai Chi, ChiRunning combines ancient wisdom with modern physics to transform your running experience.

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100 of 106 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone October 1, 2007
I totally subscribe to the ~concepts~ promoted by Danny with his ChiRunning method. I even worked with a local ChiRunning coach to make sure I was doing everything right...yet, a year later, I'm being treated for leg and ankle pain resulting from a pinched nerve in the lumbar area, directly attributable to using a "leaning" running form, as described in the ChiRunning method. And yes, according to multiple sessions with the ChiRunning coach, I was using the correct form per the method.

I'm now starting Jeff Galloway's run-walk program (see Running: Getting Started and Galloway's Book on Running 2 Ed), which promotes a traditional upright running form, and it's actually helping me heal this low back overuse injury from ChiRunning.

My point of this review is twofold: (1) Not every "method" works for everyone, regardless of how much sense it makes on paper, and (2) to really learn the ChiRunning method, face-to-face instruction is absolutely essential. Alternatively, have someone videotape you as you run, and seriously examine your own form.
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243 of 274 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Critical Review of ChiRunning by a barefoot runner November 12, 2009
I have been a barefoot runner since 2005, at which time I re-learned how to correctly run using my awareness and the teachings of numerous sources. I have read Danny Dryer's ChiRunning book and watched his ChiRunning DVD. I have also studied The Pose Running Technique on DVD and the workbook. In addition, I have experience practicing Qi Gong (Chi Kung), meditation, and yoga. I have also studied anatomy, posture, The Alexander Technique, and Rolfing Structural Integration. My partner is also a Chinese Medicine professional and Acupuncturist. So basically, I know a thing or two in this field...

In light of the acclaim that Danny Dryer is receiving for his ChiRunning technique, there are some critical errors and marketing misperceptions that I feel should be addressed. I base these insights on my own personal experience and my extensive research into natural running techniques and chi energy.

1. This book does not at all use the chi (qi) energy for running. Dryer teaches a method of using gravity to encourage the body to move through space. After reading and watching Dryer's published material, it is clear to me that he uses the term "chi" as a marketing strategy. All things eastern - yoga, tai chi, etc - are hot selling points these days. Yes, Dryer states that he has practiced Qi Gong under a teacher. However, nowhere in the DVD or book does he teach about the movement of chi the body, its pathways or its functions. Dryer should have title his technique "Gravity Running" instead.

2. Dryer combines a commonly misunderstood Pilates technique (tightening the core), claming it to be engaging the "hara" or "dan tien / tan tien". While the dan tien is the chi energy center below the navel, never are core muscles used when working with this center.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb + energising April 2, 2007
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This DVD is absolutely excellent. The DVD medium provides a succinct and visual explanation of the ChiRunning method. Since using its principles, it has transformed my running to become much more enjoyable and increase the distance and comfort of my running. After lots of knee and foot weaknesses, I found this revolutionary approach extremely enabling. I also like the philosophical grounding. I was so impressed that ordered both the book and the ChiWalking book, too. Danny's zest for life is the opposite of how one might normally feel after a run so it a good indication of the method's success.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep going...and going...and going... September 8, 2009
For forty-one years I HATED "Running." The shin splints, back pain, hip pain...not to mention the embarrassment of folding over sucking wind after about 1/2 mile. My 10 year-old pointed to Chi-Running in a store, patted my belly and said, "Dad, why don't you try this?" I did and it worked wonderfully for me. I've had back issues in the past (a displaced disk) and using the ChiRunning techniques has actually helped relive much of the pain. And as far as distance goes, the first day out I went 1.5 miles without walking. By the end of the second week I was up to 2.5 miles, up and down hills, no problem. If you're doing it correctly, you just chug along like the Little Engine That Could. I can honestly say, that I now LOOK FORWARD to my daily run, excited about what path I might take, knowing that I can make it. ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great information but......! March 27, 2009
I purchased this DVD ChiRunning DVD: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-free Runningand related text about three years ago, and have been training using Chi techniques ever since. I originally tried this approach because I could no longer run. I had a long time Archilles tendon injury which had finally prevented me from training. The techniques taught in this DVD and the text allowed me to continue to train again, including running marathons and competing in Ironman competitions. However, I did overtrain my hamstring muscles leading to injury and ischium tuberosity pain.
One person wrote of a plantar faciitis problem. I don't know about that. But, after 3 years of running with this technique and using a running metronome while training I have had no problems in this area but, I do have high arches, if that makes any difference. Initially, I ran much slower albiet easier, then better and faster, and all the time with less effort and a more stable heart rate. I am a senior runner, being over 61 years-of-age. (But, I am still a runner!)
These techniques can get you back on your feet if you have had certain leg and knee injuries. But like all exercise, remember to warm up properly prior to training.
I do feel that the $40 cost for the DVD is a bit high.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Running DVD if looking to change the way you run.
I have been reading the book and trying to practice the posturing and movements during the day walking and as well as at a slow jog until I feel I have the technique working. Read more
Published 5 days ago by BEJ
5.0 out of 5 stars This actually works.
It has taken me a year since using this technique to get any faster than a jog. Mostly because it takes time to build your core which is the foundation of this technique. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Becci
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource
This is a great resource for anyone who wish to take up running as a sport. It has help me to pick up running again. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Boksoon
5.0 out of 5 stars CHI-WOW
I can't say enough positive things to convey how I truly feel about this product. I'm 50 years old and have never been a runner. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Opa
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific for effortless running
For years I had been running heel-first and eventually started feeling it in my ankles. Visited a sports injury doctor when it got real bad and she recommended that I consider... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Katherine Infante
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tool for all ages!
Chi Running was recommended to me a couple of years ago by a physical therapist when I wanted to run again after a hip injury. Read more
Published on November 4, 2011 by Liz
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and helpful
This program has helped me improve my posture while walking/running, and reduced knee pain and other problems I encountered when training for long runs.
Published on May 4, 2011 by Antoinette Gygi
4.0 out of 5 stars ChiRunning is for me!
There's always mixed reviews when it comes to running styles and the books written about them. I think Danny's method works for certain people such as myself. Read more
Published on March 17, 2011 by H. Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars ChiRunning has saved my aches and pains...
ChiRunning has definitely made my running experience more enjoyable. All the techniques described have greatly alleviated my pains felt during and after my runs. Read more
Published on January 11, 2011 by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for all present and future runners
I've been running for pleasure for forty years. I have run a sub-3 hour marathon, have been coached by former Olympic marathoners and thought I knew it all. Read more
Published on July 9, 2010 by Riley Lee
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