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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"In May 2019, I was sent to the Massachusetts Army National Guard Warrior FIT program where I met Jean. Jean was teaching ChiRunning, a technique that I had never heard of. I have always hated running and had never really done much distance running before. After being coached by Jean for 3 months, I have a new found love for running and even saw almost 5 minutes drop off my two mile run. Running has never felt so good or been so enjoyable for me. I look forward to continue using the ChiRunning technique as I continue toward my fitness goals. I cannot thank Jean enough for bringing this technique to the Warrior FIT program."

Paul

Army National Guardsman