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|Subject: ||Why Pose may work afterall...|
Well, I only managed to read till page 12 of this thread and I learned plenty from it. I'm glad you guys decided to debate the Pose method because it troubled me a great deal these past 2 weeks that I've been trying to execute pose from reading posetech.com.
I fully agree with many contributors in here that it is impossible to keep falling forward with no push off. In fact, this is what threw me off and I couldn't get it right or figure it out. We would simply descend lower and lower if we didn't straighten out. I'm so glad that writers like Asterix asserted this without giving up.
After thinking the debate through till page 12, I think I have figured it out. This evening I went out running using this new figured-out method and it cut 2-3 minutes off my 9 Km time inspite of having sore hamstrings from working them out on the Swiss Ball on Wednesday.
Well, I've been plagued with injuries especially to my hamstrings and glutes/external rotators for the past 5 years so I haven't really been able to run. But guess what, I really enjoyed my run today despite getting tired trying to perfect my new figured out running method.
I used to advocate landing on the balls of the foot with a powerful push-off. But now I see the point that the Posers are prolly trying to make: They are saying don't do a powerful push-off. I do not agree that elastic energy is sufficient to restore the CGM to its previous height after falling. Hence, the only solution is to push-off AT LEAST until the CGM is restored to its previous height, in fact, just tipping over the base of support to perpetuate the falling over effect. So there is a push-off and then a quick pulling up of the foot under the hip.
I think the Posers are trying to eliminate pushing explosively beyond the previous height of the CGM, so they say, 'Don't push off.' But obviously we have to push off to restore at least the previous height if not go slightly above it although I'm not sure which is more efficient (Anyone would care to comment?).
The posers are trying to emphasize pulling of the foot up quickly once the previous CGM height is restored or passed, before the leg straightens out to full knee extension and plantar flexion, hence they emphasize keeping the knee bent through-out.
Also, what I benefitted alot was the description, prolly from Gatorade, that the forward lean can be effected by pushing our solar plex forward. I've been having trouble with my forward lean for a long time as I couldn't duplicate the effect of leaning towards a wall in a wall push-up, once I am on the road running. I was able to do that this evening thanks to Gatorade's description. However, I had trouble breathing later on during the run when I did this. It seemed my abs were stretched and pressing against my organs and then my lungs. Or is it simply because now I've gone from less than 5% body fat to 15.9%??? Any tips from Posers on this would greatly help as I can't maintain the solar plex forward position while breathing comfortably. I am 162 cm (5'4") so my CGM doesn't easily go beyond the base of support as most of you taller runners out there.
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