Humans may not be the fastest or strongest animals in the world but our ability to run for miles and miles is a unique trait that gave us a competitive advantage in some pre-historic circumstance.
Today's modern running shoe makes it possible for anyone to just throw on a pair, pound the pavement and call themselves an athlete. But with stats like this:
70% of all the Australian runners will be injured in any given 12-month period
I believe that running is more a privilege than it is a right, and so you should have to earn a runner's license before clocking up the KM's. Especially if you have had any time off from running.
We strongly believe that for the majority of people making a transition to spending some, or most of your time in a minimalist or barefoot shoe can have a profound effect on injury risk, performance and general postural health.
There are, however, a few cases where it's inappropriate and downright dangerous to make the change:
Podcast 11 Minutes - Lifting heavy weights does not make you slower, in fact, it makes you faster!
A common myth and concern we hear from our athletes is that if they lift too heavy they will start getting slower.
Done properly strength training should serve to make an athlete faster and more explosive.