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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Barefoot Running [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Hollowell , Dr. Craig Richards
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the best-selling Idiot's Guide® series comes the newest release, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Barefoot Running. Starting from page one, you'll learn how to successfully transition to barefoot and minimalist shoe running as you perfect your running form and reduce injury from the ground up. Written by a renowned doctor along with a prominent barefoot running coach, it is filled with the latest scientific research and cutting-edge training methods. Like having a personal coach by your side, you'll discover how to:
  • Gradually transition into barefoot running
  • Develop flawless, efficient running form
  • Engage your "natural springs" & core strength
  • Perfect your landing, stride, & gait
  • Run faster with less impact & more endurance
  • Prevent injuries that plague most runners
  • Use minimalist shoes like Vibram FiveFingers
  • Navigate a variety of terrains with or without shoes
  • Enhance your training & racing experiences
  • Fuel the barefoot way
Dan Lieberman, a famed Harvard evolutionary biologist states, "This is a useful, important and delightful book for anyone interested in running barefoot or in minimal shoes. Richards and Hollowell cover absolutely everything you need to know about form, training, how to prevent injury, and how to get the most out of your running. This is one of those books that you will use over and over."

Dr. Craig Richards is internationally recognized as the leading expert of the barefoot running revolution. His work has been widely reported by the media via major newspapers such as the New York Times, The Washington Post and London's Daily Mail, in magazines such as Running Times and Popular Mechanics, as well as in the recent best-selling book, Born to Run.

Thomas Hollowell is an author, USAT triathlete, international marathoner, and a barefoot running coach. He has been featured on major television, radio, and media networks including CBS, FOX, WGN, and WISH-TV. He founded an acclaimed barefoot running blog and continues to write, speak, and teach extensively about the benefits of barefoot and minimalist shoe running to athletes across the globe.

Editorial Reviews


"Most shoes are simply devices for withering the foot. Take these 'plaster casts' off and spring again like a child. This excellent book will show you how!" --John Bryant, Former Coach to Olympic Champion (& Barefoot Runner) Zola Budd

Product Details

  • File Size: 3616 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B008F9FXAA
  • Publisher: Alpha (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00475AYMI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,131 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Fluff Here - just awesome information February 22, 2011
Highly Recommended - All bases covered.

This book is laid out very well, the photos are great, and bullet points nicely done. The guide does not start out with "technical stuff" first, but gives a nice introduction into the whole concept of barefoot and minimalist shoe running. The meat and potatoes come a little later when you actually learn how to properly and carefully transition into the sport. The bases are really covered and the book includes methods of logging and planning your barefoot activity into your daily life. Nice since I am in the medical field so was looking for that aspect of the movement. The authors delve into body mechanics, proper stretching and strengthening routines, and provide a solid appendix of helpful materials for those looking to learn even more. No page is wasted and you won't find any "fluff" - just solid, well researched and helpful material. It is definitely a winner!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Barefoot Running is a comprehensive, informative, and essential guide for anyone interested in barefoot running and who wants to do it well. Authors Dr. Craig Richards, a podiatrist, and Thomas Hollowell present a very readable and thorough introduction to barefoot running and they also provide some depth for seasoned barefoot runners. They respectfully explain why we should "avoid motion-control shoes and any high-tech, mind-numbing claims that promise you they can do better than you can naturally" and provide a step-by-step description of how to get back to running naturally.

Most barefoot runners become so for physiological reasons like a desire to reduce injury, improve balance and proprioception, and get faster and the guide documents these well. The guide also discusses the mental and emotional benefits. The authors offer a nod to spiritual benefits and "the potential to put you closer to nature," which are often why barefoot runners remain committed to barefoot running. Personally I would have appreciate more emphasis on the `getting back to nature part' but I shouldn't really expect that from the CIG style.

I'm still not entirely sold on the Complete Idiot's Guide style - it feels better suited for learning software than something like barefoot running. But the bottom line is that the format works. The handy "The Least You Need to Know" bulleted summaries of each chapter help when reviewing the material and a quick scan of the table of contents reveals the book's comprehensiveness, in true CIG style.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I'm a fairly new barefoot runner - been running for about a year and a half - and I wish I had this book when I first started. Yes, I roamed around on the Internet for information (which is plentiful), but The Complete Idiot's Guide to Barefoot Running lays it all out - and more - clearly and informatively.

There is a surprising amount of detail in this book, from how to get started to developing a long-term plan. Details include almost 2 pages about running on grass, sand and trail, for example.

I appreciate that the book encourages newcomers to go completely barefoot (not wearing minimalist shoes). Exceptions to this are laid out: circumstances where the terrain calls for it; weather conditions, finishing a run when the bottoms of your feet are done.

I like the outline/structure of the Complete Idiot's guide. "On Your Toes" offers brief suggestions interspersed throughout; chapters and sections are clear and relevant; you know what is "In This Chapter" at the beginning of each chapter; and bulleted "The Least You Need To Know" is at the end of each chapter. "Tip Toes" are barefoot running tips; "From The Sole" are fun facts and helpful tidbits.

I love the photos - they're very helpful to understanding the exercises the authors present. The exercises aren't overly complicated, by the way, which can really turn me away. The book even shows us the best form to have when we fall, which might sound irrelevant but it's completely tied in to the need for barefoot runners to be aware of their body movements and connection to the earth (which might go astray at some point on the trail).

I'm really glad I bought this book - it's given me important insights into the incredible world of barefoot running.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It could change your life. May 17, 2011
By walt
Up until I read this book, I was only guessing at the barefoot running technique, and not too successfully. Here is all the information that I needed to transition from wearing shoes to running barefoot. I found the information very easy to understand and incorporate into my training. It seemed the authors could read my mind as they anticipated all my questions with clear direct answers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best BF Running Books!! May 21, 2011
Simply one of the best BF running books out there, and I've read them all. I own a minimalist running shoe store in Milwaukee, WIsconsin called Revolution Natural Running & Walking Center. We stock 8-10 barefoot running books in our store and this one truly stands out.

With clear and concise writing, it really gives you all you need to know about why you should consider barefoot running, and how to go about learning the technique.

One of the authors, Thomas Hollowell, was speaking in my area recently. I drove an hour to attend his talk, and it was well worth it. His talk was great and his feet were unbelievable!! Strong as an ox ( aka Beastly Feet!!). If everyone had feet like that, foot pain would be a thing of the past.

This book is definitely one of the most thorough, in depth, and to the point, a must-buy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars complete idiots barefoot running
Informative book,step by bare step instructions on the dynamics of running barefoot.Easy read and full of facts and knowledge. Read more
Published 18 months ago by peter
3.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight and fluff
This is a book about barefoot running. It gives a nod to running in minimalist shoes but only after you run barefoot. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Gerard
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I needed to know to transition to bf running
Why in the world would you run without shoes? Because you were born to. Avoid the injuries that 60-80% of all runners get every year by ditching your running shoes. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Stephanie
2.0 out of 5 stars Buy Ken Bob's Barefoot Running Step by Step
From the reviews I had high expectations, but the book was just alright. Part 1: Background, is the first 60 pages. Read more
Published on March 16, 2012 by Gamer
3.0 out of 5 stars Notice the heel strike photo on the cover
I'm sorry, but I just don't understand why the author chose a cover photo that shows a runner obviously preparing to heel-strike for a book that advertises itself as a... Read more
Published on August 16, 2011 by Kurt D. Gengenbach
5.0 out of 5 stars back to the basics
I purchased the E book version of this book and will end up buying the hard copy.
I found this book to be a very in depth step by step guide guide to relearning how to run,... Read more
Published on July 6, 2011 by J. Dockery
2.0 out of 5 stars full of fluff and filler
if you like to be beaten over the head over and over and over and over again, this book is for you. assuming you have at least a middle school education, this book might be below... Read more
Published on July 6, 2011 by Kendrick Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars The essential guide for new and seasoned barefoot runners
The Complete Idiots Guide to Barefoot Running is easily the most comprehensive book on the process of barefoot running as well as the barefoot lifestyle. Read more
Published on May 16, 2011 by Cory Haugen
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential book for any current or interested barefoot runner
This book is the 101 course for barefoot running. Though the idea of barefoot running can seem a bit strange to anyone new to the sport, this book not only provides good reasons... Read more
Published on May 16, 2011 by JoAnna
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