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Top 10 commonly asked questions-

My local running shop offers free gait analysis, what's the difference?

Huge difference! Although running shops are now investing into Gait Analysis software, you will find their time and set up is to primarily look at your feet to help them select the most suitable pair of shoes for you.  We would often promote you doing this as it's typically free of charge and it's nice to experience too. Our service certainly takes into consideration of the feet and shoes but also covers the other 90% of the body! Times has massively changed where research is suggesting that shoes really have little to do with improving performance or reducing injury. The words 'pronation / over-pronation / super-pronating' don't nessesarily link with vulnerability to injury any more. With the time you spend with us, we'll help demonstrate this and help you capitalise on other areas where you can be improving running efficiency. Running is certainly more a 'hips down' than a 'feet up' operation despite what other professionals and shoes shops are suggesting!

What will happen during my visit?

Expect a fully running immersed, lively and educational experience when visiting us. Time is taken to cover your medical history and talk about any injuries and running habits. We'll perform a physical examination of your joints and muscles (and depending on which day, we tend to have tea and cake during this interim period!). Our new software doesn't require you to strip down to your Calvins anymore. Our cameras can track any vital prominences through your clothing, but we still promote wearing 'fitted' running clothes rather than a work suit or jeans / jumper! Calibrating our cameras to you can take some time as they need to scan your body mass whilst our software determines your weight and height. Running time is suprisingly short (30 seconds) but we like to make sure you've warmed up and running as comfortable as possible. Depending on the running module you've chosen, we include time to retest your running efficiency over various speeds, cadence, shoes and drills to find your most economical running style. Don't be too suprised by the simplicity of homework we'll prescribe to you. Often it's the most slightest of changes that can help make such great improvements to your running performance. You'll leave with a clear understanding of your homework plus we'll email you with screen grabs of your analysis alongside a personalised written report.

What should I wear to run in?

Unlike our 2008 - 2017 running analysis system, our new software doesn't require you to strip down to your Calvins anymore. Our cameras can track any vital prominences through your clothing, but we still promote wearing 'fitted' running clothes rather than a work suit or jeans / jumper! If you've got long hair, it's best to have it tied back or else our software has been known to mistake it for a badly mis-shaped skull! Bring what shoes you frequently wear when you're running and always helpful to bring along any orthotics you may wear too. 
(Always nice to bring a towel and some warm clothes to change into should the running time bring you to a glow!)

How long do I have to run for during my analysis?

Running time is suprisingly short (30 seconds to make a 3 dimensional image of your body),  but we like to make sure you've warmed up before we start any trials. Depending on the running module you've chosen (Gold or Iron) we include time to retest your running efficiency over various speeds / cadence / shoes and drills to find your most economical running style. This is where a 30 second trial can often be repeated several times until we're happy. If Bronze or Silver module, it's likely that you'll have maybe one or two retests but nothing to the level the higher Modules require. Although more than sufficient data can be pulled from one test, it can feel that it happens quicker than a heartbeat!

Would I need a further consultation?

It's quite normal for clients to return in 12 weeks to 6 months for a comparison between running styles 'before and after'. And although we tend to squeeze in as much information in your first visit, we'd always prefer to cover the basics first rather than overlaoding you to the point of brain strain! Mindful fo this, we therefore offer a return visit to not only compare the changes, but also to provide an even deeper analysis which also includes reviewing all your warm ups, cools downs and movement patterns. 

Which running shoes are best?

Please understand there is not one pair of running shoes we would recommend. Buying a running shoe has to be an individual choice suited to your own unique biomechanics. As tempting as it might be to buy a running shoe which comes either heavily hyped or often heavily discounted, truth be told you're not likely to know whether it's best for you until you try them on and go for a few runs. Our rule of thumb for running shoe suitability would be to go for comfort, go as light as you can based on your flexibility / strength and conditioning (we can help you with that) but also be mindful of the surface you are running on. If you're doing a lot of mileage on roads, tarmac and concrete, you may want to consider including a bit of cushioning, but again, it's a personal choice.  

Orthotics - do I / don't I?

Investing in orthotics (insoles) is a great way to help support your footshape should both feet either require a form of fine - tuning or should both feet be of two different levels of flexibility (left foot could be high arch / stiff and inflexible, the right could be low to flat with too much flexibility). No running shop would survive if you had the option to buy a cushioned shoe for your left and a support shoe for the right! So if your feet aren't making similar contact to the ground, an orthotic can bring the ground to you! In most cases you would therefore want to buy a neutral pair of running shoes to compliment your orthotics. 

How can I improve my running technique?

We believe that there is no such thing as bad running form unless the way you are running is causing you pain or injury. All of us run differently and it's important not to try and attempt to run any differently by forcing movement (some of us learn this the hard way!). Considering our bodies are nothing more than a range of levers crash landing to the ground one leg at a time and doing it's best to propel you forward, the answer to performance is more likely to come from strength and conditioning rather than trying to run with an alternative style. Although there's plenty of great advice out there on the internet and some massivly inspiring books too, running performance must be assessed individually and conditioning programs must be tailor made too.      

How can you help me with my Pronation?

Pronation (when the foot rolls in when you walk / run or jump) has been given seriously bad PR over the years, Pronation is actually a healthy movement that assists deacceleration when making contact with the ground (I would rather have a pronated foot than a foot with a highly inflexible arch!). There's no denying that some health professionals are referring to when over-pronation happens (when the foot rolls in past it's healthy borders), latest up to date teckie research suggests that over-pronation is not a problem if the foot and ankle is strong enough to return you back to neutral just as fast as pronation happened in the first place. There's a huge paradox in running biomechanics as it's full of conflicts and contradictions, answers are individual and also subject to interpretation.      

How often do I have to change my trainers?

Commonly the most frequently asked question of all, regrettably don't expect a single answer to be provided here! The life expectancy of a running shoe can drastically change based on what mileage you do, what surface you run on, what weather they are exposed to, what weight you are, the frequency you use them. Mindful that a running shoe is made of a combination of materials including EVA, polyurethane, synthetic mesh and often cardboard (cardboard!!!) A running shoe which spends more time drying out on a radiator after a boggy or rainy run will lose it's integrity far quicker than a shoe that is mainly exposed to more drier days. A running shoe which is exposed to artifical, man made, non porous surfaces is likely to wear quicker than a shoe that's used off road. That's just two examples of so very many more scenarios and this doesn't include trainer rotating either! Trainer life expectancy must therefore be determined individually and don't always believe what you read or hear!  

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