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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperink, Incorporated (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1614640068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1614640066
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 8.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,290,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charlie Reid B.S., CSCS, CPT, is a personal fitness coach, fitness writer, and business consultant based out of San Francisco, CA. His passion lies in helping others realize their physical potential through training smarter and learning to move their bodies in the most efficient way possible. He believes that physical health and well-being can be distilled from learning to master one’s own body through guided discovery and consistent practice. Besides running and training barefoot, Charlie also shares a strong passion for music, and is a session bassist for local artists and touring bands.

Josh Leeger M.S., NASM-CPT, has a Master's degree in Kinesiology (human movement science) from San Francisco State University. He has been a certified personal trainer since 2001, and has coached and trained men and women from every age group and activity level, from couch potatoes to competitive athletes. His interests are in human evolutionary behavior and physical activity.


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Charlie Reid B.S., CSCS, CPT, is a personal fitness coach, fitness writer, and business consultant based out of San Francisco, CA. His passion lies in helping others realize their physical potential through training smarter and learning to move their bodies in the most efficient way possible. He believes that physical health and well-being can be distilled from learning to master one's own body through guided discovery and consistent practice. Besides running and training barefoot, Charlie also shares a strong passion for music, and is a session bassist for local artists and touring bands.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cory on October 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
It's pretty simple, do you want to try barefoot running or think you might want to try barefoot running? Start with this low investment book and go from there.

People had been talking about barefoot running and showing up at Starbucks with those mildly annoying Vibram toe-shoes, so I finally wanted to either try it or rule it out as something 'not for me.' I stumbled upon this book when searching for a comprehensive run down of the activity before I gave it a whirl.

This book gave me the information and guidance I needed to decide for myself. I decided to try it and have liked, if not loved, barefoot running ever since. The book I really liked though, because I didn't hurt myself barefoot running and now can be annoyingly authoratative on the subject at dinner parties.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelsey Wood on March 23, 2012
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This book is only mildly helpful. Very short and not worth the money. There is nothing in this book that you can not get from the internet. Merrell shoe company has a more detailed plan on their webpage if you are going to run with "minimilist shoes" and if not you can get plenty of info from Barefoot Ken Bob's site. I bought this one thinking it was going to have a good training plan but I was disipointed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nate on November 8, 2011
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Josh and his colleagues have created a book full of valuable information, not only for barefoot runners, but for runners everywhere. 3 major positives stood out:

1. I have followed Josh's work in the industry for some time. One of the consistent themes in his overall content is the combination of evolutionary theory with modern scientific research. Too many Paleo/naturalist coaches simply fall back on the unconvincing "because that's what caveman did" argument. As a modern athlete seeking the achievement of modern athletic goals, I appreciate that Josh always backs up his theories with sports science. There is a big difference between theory that sounds good on paper, and approaches that work in the real world of the athlete. Josh delivers again with this book.

2. The sign of any good fitness writer/coach is proper progression in a program. Too many programs only address one demographic without tailoring it to fit different populations' needs. Josh and his colleagues understand its not as simple as a universal proclamation that everyone must now run everywhere barefoot. They give guidance and tips to complete beginners all the way up to advanced barefoot runners, and everyone in between. Sample programs help you progress at the proper rate. And in a world full of dogmatic approaches, they even tell you how to incorporate barefoot running into a more traditional shoe-based running program.

3. As a trainer, one of my biggest objections to running is those people who use running as their SOLE/ONLY mode of exercise. The repetitive nature of running can lead to muscle imbalances, joint wear and tear, and chronic pain. As a kinesiologist, Josh understands this.
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Joshua Leeger and Charlie Reid are two of the best movement teachers I know. So many in the fitness field fall into dogma and chest thumping. In "How to Barefoot Run", Reid and Leeger give a measured view of barefoot running, exploring the benefits and evidence without overstepping. They also give SOLID, USABLE advice for how to progressively explore barefooting. This is so important since the debate has been so polarizing - panacea on one side and scoffing on the other.

I am grateful for this book, gentlemen. This is where we should have STARTED.
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I am someone who has been flirting with barefoot running. Basically doing it when I have a beach nearby and usually going too hard too fast, only to find myself so sore that I give it up for months at a time. I really appreciate that this book stresses the importance of starting slow and gives many, many exercises to do before and after your runs to help your body adapt.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blake on October 3, 2011
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As with most new trends, I was pretty skeptical of barefoot running when I first heard about it. Ideas as contrarian as this tend to be more hype than substance when applied, and I didn't want to get caught up in Yet Another Fad Workout routine. And then a friend recommended this book to me.

The authors of the unambiguously titled "The Best Book on How to Barefoot Run" have provided a no-nonsense introduction to fitness' latest methodology. The book is unassuming and presents barefoot running for what it is: something that takes practice and effort and yields valuable results for one's overall fitness. I learned that barefoot running isn't simply running without shoes. Barefoot running is conditioning in balance and movement, and it's a full body practice.

This book weighs the pros and cons of barefoot running and provides a valuable blueprint for getting started. I couldn't recommend it more highly.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susie on October 3, 2011
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There are a lot of barefoot running books on the market...... many of them being sold, hilariously enough, in the shoe aisle of your local Sports Basement.... For the full backstory of the shoe industry's rise to power in the running market, as well as colorful anecdotes and a powerful narrative through-line, Christopher McDougall's Born to Run can't be beat. For form and training basics, Ken Bob Saxton's Barefoot Running Step by Step is a great start. And, of course, for free notes on special clinics and community gatherings, one can go online and have a visit with one of McDougall's inspirations, Barefoot Ted @ Barefootted.com. What experienced trainers Josh Leeger and Charlie Reid bring to market with The Best Book on How to Barefoot Run is something different: Key supplementary/support exercises for the barefoot runner. What they have that other barefoot gurus don't is expertise in body mechanics, with specialized assessments and strength-building ideas for runners who may not be able to correct postural and mechanical problems built over a lifetime only by throwing their shoes overboard. They present a little backstory on the evolution of feet and shoes, offer up some cautionary notes for eager beginners and issue reviews of minimalist shoe options, all with the basic idea that less is more when it comes to footwear. I've trained with both Josh and Charlie in San Francisco and what they write in the book is not so different from what they share in person re: thoughts on why one should try barefoot walking, running, standing. It builds better balance, offers more nuanced neurological feedback, helps decrease injury, and, is, in some ways, liberating. Special bonus for the Kindler, you can read it in the time it takes your son/daughter to finish a soccer practice.
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