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ChiRunning

1. How do I set a workshop up in my area?
2. Is it truly effortless and if so will I get any exercise?
3. I am a beginner. Is ChiRunning® right for me?
4. Are most of the people that come to your clinic seasoned runners? Will your clinic help someone like me who doesn't run regularly?
5. Is ChiRunning® good for Triathletes?
6. What is the difference between ChiRunning® and other running methods?
7. Is there any symbiosis between ChiRunning and Jeff Galloway method?
8. Can ChiRunning® & ChiWalking® help with knee, hip or back pain?
9. Should I try to learn ChiRunning & ChiWalking if I am injured or in pain?


1. How do I set up a workshop up in my area?

We need a minumum of 5 participants and a space in which to conduct the workshop. Contact us for more specifics.

2. Is it truly effortless and if so will I get any exercise?

In ChiRunning® you are working towards effortless running. I and many others do experience running with less and less effort as running form improves. However, you are still getting great exercise for your body. The movement of ChiRunning® keeps your peripheral muscles supple and relaxed and your core muscles strong while improving your cardiovascular and aerobic conditioning.

3. I am a beginner. Is ChiRunning® right for me?

Most definitely. ChiRunning® gives beginners the know-how to run correctly from the start. Since you'll be learning correct biomechanics, your running will be easier for you because you'll be a more efficient runner. You do not need any previous experience to learn ChiRunning®.

4. Are most of the people that come to your clinic seasoned runners? Will your clinic help someone like me who doesn't run regularly?

We have LOTS of beginners in our workshops and always have, so don't hesitate at all. The classes have very little running, mostly exercises to teach you the form, and in every class we have several people who are just beginning to run, or have NEVER run. Many of our favorite success stories are about people who are just getting started.

5. Is ChiRunning® good for Triathletes?

Triathletes love ChiRunning® because when they get off their bike their legs can take a rest with ChiRunning®. In ChiRunning® you can rest and relax your legs while gravity does the work of pulling you forward.

6. What is the difference between ChiRunning® and other running methods?

Most other running methods depend on strong leg muscles to get the job done so the emphasis is on conditioning. ChiRunning® focuses on using minimal leg muscles with more emphasis on using core muscles which are stronger and more efficient. As you learn to lean using core muscles, gravity does the work. In ChiRunning® the emphasis is on maintaining optimal running form. As we say, “it ain't the muscle, it's the motion.”

7. Is there any symbiosis between ChiRunning and Jeff Galloway method?

ChiRunning can work well with Galloway's walk/run philosophy, however, we don't believe people need the walk/run method once they can run a certain distance...3-5 miles, comfortably with the ChiRunning method. Galloway's program has you walking to prevent injury, but in ChiRunning you are learning to run bio-mechanically correct and you do not need to walk to prevent injury. 

However, beginner runners are working towards building stamina, conditioning and distance, and we do recommend taking a walking break when you feel you need one, but not as a regular practice, again, when you can run 3-5 miles comfortably.

We also highly recommend using the ChiWalking method when you do walk.

8. Can ChiRunning® & ChiWalking® help with knee, hip or back pain?

If you can walk comfortably for a few blocks, you are ready for the ChiWalking workshop and if you can run the same distance you are ready for ChiRunning. ChiRunning® and ChiWalking® help to eliminate knee problems by eliminating the reason for why they come up in the first place. By teaching you how to prevent over-striding, and heel-strike, ChiRunning and ChiWalking® puts the issue to rest permanently. It can also rid you of shin splints forever by keeping you off your toes. The foundation of ChiRunning® & ChiWalking® is good posture and proper biomechanics, both of which will also help many back problems. Also in ChiRunning® & ChiWalking® you will be strengthening your abdominals, which will relieve contracted lower back muscles. You should always check with a health practitioner before starting an exercise program.

9. Should I try to learn ChiRunning & ChiWalking if I am injured or in pain?

In ChiRunning & ChiWalking one of our key concepts is Body Sensing. You should of course always check with your health practitioner before engaging in any fitness program, especially if you are injured, in pain, or recovering from illness. We also recommend really listening to your own body. For some types of injury and pain, ChiRunning & ChiWalking may be just what you need. For others, it may not be appropriate until you are more fully recovered. If it is causing more pain…stop. Body Sense and pay attention to what your body is telling you

ChiWalking

1. How do I set up a workshop up in my area?
2. Why do I neet to learn to walk?
3. How is ChiWalking different from regular walking?
4. How is ChiWalking different from power walking?
5. How is ChiWalking different from race walking?
6. Should I try to learn ChiWalking if I am injured or in pain?
7. What is the Chi in ChiWalking?
8. Will ChiWalking help with knee, hip or back pain?
9. Can I learn ChiWalking from the book?


1. How do I set up a workshop up in my area?

We need a minumum of 5 participants and a space in which to conduct the workshop. Contact us for more specifics.

2. Why do I neet to learn to walk?

Watch a very young child walk. They have perfect walking form. However, as we age, we loose the relaxed movement of early childhood. We begin to emulate adult movement which changes with fashions and fads. Slouching becomes a fashion statement and everyone begins to slouch (think of the look of the Roaring 20's).

We also get stiff. We drive our cars and don't move enough. We slouch at our desk. We let our posture go. All of these changes affects our walking, and our walking affects our body movement.

The aches, pains and problems of aging are very much related to how we move and how much we move.  Learning good walking form with ChiWalking can prevent a myriad of problems later: back pain, knee pain, hip pain to name a few.  Walking can help prevent arthritis. ChiWalking uses elements of T'ai Chi which has been shown to improve balance, strength and improve cognition.

For those who walk for fitness or like to walk in distance events, good walking form is the key to a truly successful day.  By learning good form you can walk more efficiently and with less wear and tear on the body.

3. How is ChiWalking different from regular walking?

Most people walk using the muscles in their legs primarily. And today, most people lead with their legs and pull themselves forward. ChiWalking teaches you to use your core muscles in the trunk of your body while tilting your posture slightly forward and leading with our upper body. This forward movement engages the pull the gravity, which then becomes your ally. In ChiWalking the arms are engaged and our posture and body alignment are used to become a more efficient, balanced walker.

4. How is ChiWalking different from power walking?

ChiWalking has similarities to power walking. There are a variety of ways to power walk. Most have you using a great deal of leg strength and pushing off with your feet. In ChiWalking you relax  your lower legs and let your forward tilt and the rotation of your spine move you forward, not the push off of your toes and feet. When you push with your feet you're more apt to get shin splints and other lower leg injuries and problems.

5. How is ChiWalking different from race walking?

Race walking is a very specific way to walk that is different from ChiWalking. To learn to race walk correctly and to compete it is important that you know the rules, as you are required to use the race walking form in many events. You can read more about the differences in the ChiWalking book.

6. Should I try to learn ChiWalking if I am injured or in pain?

In ChiWalking one of our key concepts is Body Sensing. You should of course always check with your health practitioner before engaging in any fitness program, especially if you are injured, in pain, or recovering from illness. We also recommend really listening to your own body. Learn the lessons in the book and DVD really well, then practice very carefully and slowly. If it is causing more pain…stop. Body Sense and pay attention to what your body is telling you.

For some types of injury and pain, the ChiWalking may be just what you need. For others, it may not be appropriate until you are more fully recovered.

7. What is the Chi in ChiWalking?

The name ChiWalking® (Chi pronounced chee as in cheetah) reflects the lessons learned from the martial art T'ai Chi, that have been joined with walking to create this smooth, efficient walking form. Chi is also known as life force. Learn more about Chi.

8. Will ChiWalking help with knee, hip or back pain?

We cannot make any guarantees that pain will be gone, however, we have numerous stories from people who are no longer in pain due to using proper body movement as described in ChiWalking. When you move using correct biomechanics, your incidence of pain and discomfort will most likely be reduced.

9. Can I learn ChiWalking from the book?

Most definitely, you can learn the ChiWalking method from the book. We've had people have breakthroughs with just a brief article. However the DVD can really help you see exactly what needs to happen. We've done our best with photos in the book, but there is nothing like a moving picture to explain movement. It also depends on you. Go through each lesson in the book slowly and carefully and you can learn a lot from the book  alone.