The ChiRunning Technique

Focus your mind. Strengthen your core. Run like the wind.

The ChiRunning technique is founded on two goals: to help you run as efficiently as possible and to make your running injury-free. These two components play a big role in maintaining a joyful and successful lifelong running practice… so you can love running forever.

Run with Built-in Efficiency

In T'ai Chi all movement is based on having a strong core, relaxation in your muscles and mobility in your joints. These three themes go perfectly with running. In order to create easy, fluid, and faster movement, the entire body needs to be supple and relaxed. Any held tension restricts your ability to run easily and economically.

But, true relaxation can’t happen without a strong core supporting all your movement. We’ll show you how to use your core more, so you can rely on your legs less. Now, that's efficiency!

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Take the workload off your legs

A principle from T'ai Chi that we love is: shift your workload to your core and relax everything else. This allows your legs to relax and do less, and the lower legs and feet to do almost nothing. Most runners do just the opposite; pushing with their feet and toes, while neglecting the abundance of power in their core. That's not only a formula for fatigue, it's why over 85% of all running injuries occur in the lower legs!

We'll show you how run without ever over-working your legs, so you can reduce your injury rate to zero.

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Relaxation in your movement is the key to efficiency

It might sound counter-intuitive, but running with your legs relaxed is the secret to efficiency, endurance and speed. When you learn how to use gravity to assist your running, your legs will feel like they took the day off.

This is only one of the secrets to making all your runs pain-free and easy… and fun!

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Learn better technique... from the ground up.

The two causes of running injuries are impact and overuse. Impact affects your joints – from hitting the ground too hard as you run. Overuse injuries happen in your muscles when you demand more from them than they can deliver.

Interestingly enough, both of these types of injuries can be avoided by what you do with your feet. We'll get your feet doing their best job, so the rest of your body will always enjoy the ride.

The ChiRunning Formula for Success

Performance


When most people use the words running and performance in the same sentence, images of speed and podium finishes come up. We think that’s a very limited use of the word, and we’re here to set the record straight and give “performance” some room to breathe.

Performance

Conditioning


Conditioning is all about toning your muscles and strengthening structurally weak areas in your body. When you run correctly you naturally strengthen the muscles that provide support while relaxing muscles no longer needed for propulsion.

Conditioning

Technique


ChiRunning is based in a centuries-old principle from T’ai Chi: shift your workload to the core muscles. This allows your leg muscles to do less, and the lower leg muscles to do almost nothing.

What others are saying...

Whenever I can relax enough and focus on leveling the pelvis and getting it to pivot at the same time, it always lengthens the stride and I see a minimum of a 1mph difference in my running speed.

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During her three years working with Aracely, Sasha experienced family illness, personal bests, over-training injuries, and other ups and downs. Through it, she’s discovered the meaning of Gradual Progress, Body Sensing, and how to allow herself to be taught.

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ChiRunning and ChiLiving helped me to stay focused and fit through dark days, and gave me clear perspective on my situation …

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