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What Is Chi Running?

Posted by: on January, 19 2013

Exhilarating. Effective. Pain-free. ChiRunning believes everyone can experience running this way.

ChiRunning has helped thousands of runners transform their technique – reducing, preventing and recovering from injuries. Runners of all levels have improved their efficiency and performance, and now find running to be pain-free, easier, and enjoyable. The main principles of ChiRunning include:

  • Relaxation
  • Correct alignment and posture
  • Landing with a midfoot strike
  • Using a “gravity-assisted” forward lean
  • Engaging core strength for propulsion
  • Connecting the mind and body to prevent injury

Check out our 10 Components of Good Running Technique to read more about the ChiRunning technique.
What is Chi?
ChiRunning is based on movement principles of T’ai Chi, but you don’t need to know T’ai Chi to ChiRun. All you need to know is how using your core can transform your running.
Chi (pronounced “chee”) is the vital energy that unites body, mind, and spirit.
Energy moves from your core (also known as your “center” or “dantien”) into the limbs to create movement.
Engaging your core and relaxing your limbs allows your legs to simply support your body weight instead of pushing or pulling it forward with each step.
When your structure is aligned and your muscles and joints are relaxed, chi can flow freely through the body, making running feel effortless.

If you have interest or questions about Chi Running contact Steve Mackel from SoCal Running.  He is a certified Chi Running instructor.