Are We Built to Run Barefoot?


At a recent symposium of the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting in Denver, cutely titled “Barefoot Running: So Easy, a Caveman Did It!,” a standing-room-only crowd waited expectantly as a slide flashed up posing this question: Does barefoot running increase or decrease skeletal injury risk?

“The answer,” said Dr. Stuart J. Warden, an associate professor of physical therapy at Indiana University, “is that it probably does both.”

Barefoot running remains as popular and contentious a topic among exercise scientists as it is among athletes,







Jared represented USA at the Pan Am Championship last week. Jared is a young man that I’ve had the pleasure to watch develop into the talented adult lifter for Team USA! London 2012 Games are right around the corner! Go Team USA!


PSn (Bkn/Fl)  50/4×2  65/3  75/2  80/2  85/2×2

Sn Bal  60/4  70/3  80/3  90/3  100/2×3



Cl  50/4×2  65/3  75/3  80/2  85/2  90/1×3

F.Sq+J  50/4+4  60/3+3  70/2+2  75/2+1  80/2+1  85/(2+1)x2

Hey everybody, congratulations and thank you for a fun past 5 weeks.

Can you believe the 5 weeks came and went just like that?

What did you learn?

How did the race turn out?

What did you think of the training?  What would you have done differently?

I understand some of you were not able to complete the training program because of injuries or for other reasons – do not be disappointed, it’s part of life.

Here are some of the highlights from the race –
Angel was 2nd overall with a time of 18:40 –

One year from now, the 2012 Olympic Games will begin in London, where all eyes will be on the incomparable Usain Bolt — the Jamaican sprinter who is more than living up to his name.

Since 2008, Bolt has taken a jackhammer to the 100-meter world record, lopping off a whopping .14 seconds. That might not sound like a huge chunk of time until you consider it’s twice as much as any other sprinter has shaved off the world record since the advent of electronic scoring.

Logically, one would think that Bolt did so by moving his legs faster than anyone else.










Sn (Bkn/Fl)  50/4×2  65/3  75/2  80/2  85/2×3

Sn Pull (3 position)  80/5  90/3  100/3×4




Cl (HB/Bkn)  50/4×2  65/3  75/2  80/2  85/2×3

Cl Pull (3 position)  80/5  90/3  100/3×4

Press in Split  3 sets of 6