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Sharath Raju is a barefoot running coach based in Bangalore. He is amongst the 30 trainers in the world and the only one in India to be a VIVOBAREFOOT Certified coach, licensed by Prof Daniel Lieberman of Harvard University and Lee Saxby, the British coach and Program director.He is also the first in India to professionally represent the... more
Sharath Raju is a barefoot running coach based in Bangalore. He is amongst the 30 trainers in the world and the only one in India to be a VIVOBAREFOOT Certified coach, licensed by Prof Daniel Lieberman of Harvard University and Lee Saxby, the British coach and Program director.He is also the first in India to professionally represent the ‘Barefoot’ concept, believed to be the future of an injury-free lifestyle and the way we will start to think about modern footwear.Efficient technique is what he excels in sports like Running. As a certified coach he has mastered the skill of barefoot running, learned the proper techniques to diagnose and correct running form, and undergone extensive training in biomechanics to comprehend the physical and mental components of running. He is now on a mission to spread this knowledge to the masses to help any person, at any age reap the benefits of a skilled movement. His movement mantra is simple:
All sports revolves around the combination of the above three skills in a controlled manner. Less
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Hi I am a woman 36 years old.I am married and I have 2 Kids. I am very active physically. My weight is 57kg and height is 5.5". I go to gym regularly. I do strength training. I do cardio also. I burn almost 400-500 cal.. everyday. Earlier I used to do lot of running like 30mins at 10kmh speed.but for the past 1 year I am having problem in my knees. But when I am doing exercise I don't feel pain but after few hours I feel pain in my knees when I bend my knees. Now I do brisk walking and strength training. I have stopped doing running,squatting totally. But I want to do all these exercises. can u guid me ? I don't want to stop my exercise routine.I can't live without gym. I will be very thankful.
By: Anonymous 23 Apr, 2012
Thanks for your query, and this is actually the case with many people today. Pain in the knees and repetitive stress injuries like front of the leg(shin splints), back of the foot(achilles) etc. Unless there is a medical reason which you can get diagnosed with, this is to do with improper technique of running. Lot of us run on the treadmill or outdoors by landing heel-first. This is scientifically proven to cause 2x the injury rates in the foot than otherwise.
How to fix this - Thankfully there is help available. I faced a similar injury back in 2008, where due to improper technique I used to end up getting hurt during my outdoor runs, so I got myself coached here - www.trainingclinic.vivobarefoot.com. As a certified coach, I now provide training currently in Bangalore for 2.5 hrs and help improve the running technique, which reduces the impact on the knees and joints, to provide an efficient and injury-free lifestyle.
You can follow the simple barefoot squats and jumps shown in the video. Also jump rope (skipping) is an excellent conditioning tool to improve your technique of running, as the goal is to 'Land on your front of the foot, and come down on the heel'. So the body weight is first absorbed by the reflexive capacity of your front-foot. Also try not to wear very highly cushioned footwear, which aggravates the pain further.
Hi do you coach people wanting to start running?
By: Anonymous 29 Mar, 2012
Yes absolutely. In fact novice runners are better able to grasp new techniques, as the style and form have not become an innate skill yet. As part of the barefoot running clinic, a 2.5hr technique coaching program is conducted where we diagnose through video analysis the current running form, and coached on the technique to improve efficiency and reduce the chances of stress-injuries.
my weight is 80kgs and i am 153cm in height and i am 15+ i think i m overweight i have excess weight in my theighs i think i am overweight and i want to loose some weight and because of my weight i have very low confidence on myself that i am fat i feel really down and nervous please can you suggest me some diet and other ways how i can loose weight pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee i will be very thankful to you
By: Anonymous 28 Mar, 2012
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hi, i am 30year old women, i have 1 year old baby, after delievery iwas gane to much wait but now cant loose it, i have big tummy, hw can i reduce it.
By: Anonymous 27 Mar, 2012
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Hi Sir... I am 21 year old guy. and i am of 80 kg with 170 cm height ... Sir, i usually sleep for 8-10 hrs a day and i am also a allergy rhinitis patient... i want to control mi sleep to only 6 hrs a night ..and want to reduce my weight to 60 kg ... i am so disturbed coz of it.. what should i do?
By: Vikash Kumar 27 Mar, 2012
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Sharath, I run and bike for fitness. I am told that I should be wearing different shoes for running and for cycling. Is that so? can I not use the same shoes. Besides, do the shoes/ trainers have a life to them - for how long can I use them. Lastly what is Barefoot all about , what are its merits as compared to trainers we wear from Nike, Reebok and more.
By: Anonymous 22 Mar, 2012
There are two parts to this query. When we look at competitive/endurance cycling, it is all about efficient power transfer from the body to the pedals, insisting on a rigid sole, without much flex. This is combined with other attachments like cleats etc which lock on to the pedals. While casual cycling calls for a much softer sole, most of us combine a sports shoe as dual purpose footwear.
So once you’ve determined your larger usage, the right footwear can be chosen for your need.
Running on the other hand calls for a totally unrestricted movement of the feet. This means the footwear should have no or minimal artificial support, like arch, heel and shock absorption. Yes, shoes have a lifetime for usage, generally varying from 500Km to 1000Km, or 1-2years whichever is earlier. You can notice the wear and tear on the sole of the shoes, where the grooves appear compressed than normal or worn out.
Barefoot is all about unrestricted movement to the feet, and taking away all the artificial support that we are used to. Barefoot concept vests on the fact that our feet have all the necessary shock absorption and dexterity needed to facilitate our different movement patterns like Walking, Running and Sprinting. Science has proven this concept with Harvard University releasing their official study of 5 years titled ‘Foot strike patterns amongst habitually barefoot runners v/s shod runners’ which challenged and studied the conventional belief of footwear and how the rates of stress injuries have increased along with them.
Barefoot products are built around the foot. With wide toe-box to accommodate natural toe flex in the front, no artificial support in the base, almost like a straight line, puncture resistant soles, as our feet are prone to environmental damage and lastly high flexibility of the footwear. This build allows the foot to behave in a natural bio-mechanical manner, increasing the advantages of leading an injury-free lifestyle in whatever sport or activity we wish to undertake.