ChiRunning DVD: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-free Running
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(Jan 01, 2004)
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Exactly as described, great price and fast shipping. Would recommend.Published 10 months ago by Richard P.
This is a great tool for runners regardless of experience.Published 13 months ago by Edwina MacDonald
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 morePublished 22 months ago by BEJ
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 morePublished 22 months ago by Becci
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 morePublished on October 22, 2012 by Boksoon
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 morePublished on August 17, 2012 by Opa
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 morePublished on May 18, 2012 by Katherine Infante
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 morePublished on November 4, 2011 by Liz
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