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“Running does not hurt your body. It’s the way you run that does the damage and causes pain.”

Danny Dreyer – Founder  ChiRunning

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Are you only focusing on the physical  aspects of your running and fitness?

If so, you’re missing out on a whole realm of practice that could have a profound affect on your training but also your life. ChiRunning has a unique approach, focusing on  the psychological as well as physical.   It will boost your self confidence, increase focus and help you to stay healthy and active. ChiRunning can help you can breathe easier, move better, run further and have more fun along the way!

What is ChiRunning?

There’s nothing magical or mysterious about ChiRunning, nor is it skipping around the park waving jos sticks! It is a simple common-sense approach to moving forward in an efficient way.  Preventing over-stressing the muscles and joints with the intention of improving performance and ultimate enjoyment.

ChiRunning takes age-old principles from T’ai Chi to help you move more efficiently and effectively and reduce the risk of getting injured.  It doesn’t matter what age or level of runner you are, ChiRunning will help you build the foundations of great running technique. T’ai Chi (pronounced Chee, meaning life force) is a 2000-year-old Chinese form of self-defence often described as meditation in motion.  ChiRunning applies the martial arts principles of posture, balance and mindfulness to our most basic form of aerobic exercise – Running.

How can you benefit from Chi Running?

* Beginners are attracted to Chi Running because it makes running less tiring and it reduces the risk of injury.
* More experienced runners use it to avoid injury and run faster and more efficiently.
* Triathletes like it because it requires less effort from tired legs as Chi Running uses gravity rather than muscle power to propel the runner.
* Minimalist runners (barefoot or zero drop) use ChiRunning to improve their running technique which is essential when gradually transitioning to more minimalist shoes.

Run without the fear of injury

There are two main categories of running injuries: impact and overuse.

ChiRunning minimises both. We’ll show you how to perfect a mid-foot strike to dramatically reduce your impact. How to minimize the use of your lower legs by relaxing, and running efficiently.  Thus avoiding all the lower-body overuse injuries that plague most other runners.

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Why ChiRun?

  • Reduce your risk of injury with better running form.
  • Run with the most efficient “natural running” technique.
  • Run faster with less effort, take your running next level.
  • Use only a fraction of the effort of most runners.
  • Improve your breathing skills for endurance and speed.
  • Master your next running event.
  • Learn how to create energy to fight fatigue.
  • Be more present during runs to listen to your body.
  • Have intention, be more in tune with your outcomes.

What we offer

Why not try an introduction to find out what ChiRunning is all about try one of our regular Build the foundations workshops or Sunday ChiTribe social runs.

If you’re looking for individual support to develop your ChiRunning technique and meet your training goals, 121 coaching could be for you!  You can choose from Building the Foundations or Advance Your Technique packages. Or  we can create bespoke packages, for example, to help with race preparation training or to work in more depth on specific movement skills or breathing skills.

You can also book our New Masterclass Speed with ease, 4 hours of in depth training tailored to a small group of 4 Runners, you’ll be coached on advanced techniques in ChiRunning with an emphasis on F.A.S.T (focus, alignment, stability and timing)

Gradual progression is key for your body to learn

Trusting the process…. it’s much easier to say than to practically follow through, but it’s essential to your long-term development and progression in running.

Too often we want the results far too quickly and give up on the process before we’ve given it enough time to even know if it was going to work. It takes time to create lasting bio-mechanical movement changes for your body. Equally, it takes time to build muscular control when learning new movements and skills required for running.

Our workshops follow the principles of ChiRunning; an approach to running which has helped us and thousands of runners of all ages and ability around the globe, improve their running and the results can be extraordinary.

Client feedback

“After a year of suffering with injuries resulting in major downtime on doing what I love to do (which has really peeved me off) I realised I clearly need to find a new running focus.Slightly taken aback by this mornings Chi Social Run where I could put things I had learned into practice. My last 0.5km split pace time says it all (8.37) I felt relaxed and comfortable, breathing aerobically (so not busting my guts),I feel I could have easily continued this for longer. I have previously very rarely hit that pace.

A totally unexpected result from spending just eight hours with some incredibly knowledgeable Chi Running Instructors.”
S Hockenhull – Bury Chi Running Workshop 20 October 2018