The two main themes underlying Chi Running are: energy efficiency and injury prevention. When you can run pain-free and with less effort, the joy of running naturally increases and it can grow into a lifelong practice.

ChiRunning vs conventional running

What is ChiRunning?

ChiRunning is a technique developed by ultra-runner and Tai Chi expert Danny Dreyer in 1999. This technique combines the movement principles of Tai Chi with the sport of running, which shifts the workload from your legs to your core muscles. At the heart of the technique is running with a strong core and a relaxed body which reduces overuse and impact injuries.  The main principles of ChiRunning include: 

  • Alignment 
  • Relaxation 
  • Landing Midfoot
  • Controlled Forward Fall 
  • Engaging Core Strength 
  • Connecting the Mind and Body

Why is ChiRunning More Efficient and Less Injury Prone?

To achieve energy efficiency and injury prevention, ChiRunning co-operates with the two main forces acting upon the runner, the downward pull of gravity and the force of the oncoming road. The runner co-operates with gravity by having a whole body, controlled, forward fall from the ankles. In this position, your center of gravity helps propel you forward, so you're not spending as much effort fighting gravity by pushing off the ground. To co-operate with the force of the oncoming road the runner lands with a mid-foot strike slightly behind their centre of gravity. This allows the force of the oncoming road to swing the legs of the runner behind them. 

Why is ChiRunning More Efficient and Less Injury Prone?

To achieve energy efficiency and injury prevention, ChiRunning co-operates with the two main forces acting upon the runner, the downward pull of gravity and the force of the oncoming road. The runner co-operates with gravity by having a whole body, controlled, forward fall from the ankles. In this position, your center of gravity helps propel you forward, so you're not spending as much effort fighting gravity by pushing off the ground. To co-operate with the force of the oncoming road the runner lands with a mid-foot strike slightly behind their centre of gravity. This allows the force of the oncoming road to swing the legs of the runner behind them. 

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