One of my interns, John McGuinness, is very into minimalist shoes and I thought he would be able to give some great feedback on Art Horne’s new book, Barefoot in Boston.  This is an awesome read and will benefit many different professions.  After reading the review, check out the link to pick up this product!

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How are those stylish, expensive, high heeled training sneakers treating you? Have you been experiencing pain in your low back, calves, ankles, hips, and/or knees? Well, the problem may be reduced by something less complicated than we think. By transitioning from these modern sneakers into something more minimalist, we may be able to alleviate these lingering pains one at a time. Yes, that means you will have to give up those Sketchers Shape Ups, because they are definitely not the answer to your problems, they are more than likely the cause!

Contrary to popular belief, today’s “advanced” sneakers can actually decrease your performance and increase your likelihood of injury.  I don’t know about you, but paying for overpriced sneakers that can have a negative impact doesn’t sound appealing to me!

Art Horne, a great guy, and one of the most knowledgeable minds in the athletic training/strength and conditioning world, recently released his book, Barefoot in Boston, that covers the above topics, and many others in great detail.

Art reviews some of the history of barefoot running/training, how we are supposed to heel strike when walking/running, how we should take a step-by-step approach to wearing minimalist footwear, and how making this change will take some time.  In addition, he looks at how our feet are optimally developed when barefoot, not in sneakers that can cause weakness and a loss of mobility. The potential benefits of abandoning the use of today’s high-heeled shoes are well worth the wait.  Remember, slow and steady wins the race!

If you are interested in making the switch, a detailed progression is included that will help you transition from wearing modern cross trainers to minimalist footwear, and eventually to being barefoot.

There aren’t many detailed studies on the topic of barefoot training, but Art does a great job of explaining the research that is out there and how it will all benefit us over time.

I have been reading Art’s blog (www.bsmpg.com) for quite some time now, and have attended two of the great seminars he has organized, and I always come away with a ton of useful information. Barefoot in Boston is more of the same, and if you want to perform better and decrease the likelihood of injury, I suggest you pick up a copy today!

 

John McGuinness

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