Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It's not that simple, but it is

Thanks to Josh Leeger for pointing this video out for me. It's a video of Haile Gebrselassie, one of the greatest distance runners of all-time. What the video shows is Gebrselassie's "excessive" foot pronation upon foot strike. What it also shows is that we shouldn't 'box' humans into ideals. What we need to understand is adaptation and be able to view movement/things from a much broader perspective. Stop chasing "ideal" and start looking and working for optimal.

Gurus/experts can present on their perspective, but remember, it's their perspective not yours; educate yourself to have your own... don't get 'caged' in just one part of the zoo.



Mike T Nelson said...

Good one man!

If they put him in a pronation control shoe (ala the running store and their wonderful treadmill assessment since a treadmill is soooooo similar to running over ground--ahahahaha) he would have been injuried in a few days at best.

We ALWAYS need to look at the result.

While this guy would smoke me in a 1 mile run, it is crazy to watch his right arm "chicken wing" at the end of the film in slow motion.

Always room for improvement, but you have to do what is best for you, not someone else.

I like the zoo analogy!

rock on
Mike T Nelson PhD(c)
Extreme Human Performance

Josh said...

No question!

Brett Jones said...

Interesting - a couple of questions:
How many miles into the race is this?
Are we seeing his true gait or a fatigue compensation?
What is his injury history?
Some elite athletes succeed despite what they do not because of it.

I like Dr. Silverman looking up the chain to see the body adapting well to the pronation and looking beyond the foot.

Results speak loudly but a single data point of an elite runner doesn't extrapolate well to the general pop. At 192 pounds vs. this guys 120-130 pounds we are talking different loads and possible outcomes.
Pronation - good or bad? Depends....

Aaron Schwenzfeier said...

Thanks Mike. I agree.

Most definitely there's always room for improvement as NO ONE reaches their true potential.

Aaron Schwenzfeier said...

Appreciate the comment Josh.

Aaron Schwenzfeier said...

Don't disagree Brett,

You're correct, it's asking more questions.

As you said, it all depends... but it does show that there is variation...

Thanks for the comments.