Chi Running

Chi running is a technique for running involving landing on the mid-foot with an erect posture, a forward lean from the ankles and a more rapid stride cadence. Running like this was recently compared to heel striking in the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy “A Comparison of Negative Joint Work and Vertical Ground Reaction Force Loading Rates in Chi Runners and Rearfoot-Striking Runners.” The research found that Chi Running reduces vertical loading rates and quadriceps work, but increases calf muscle work slightly. These findings may allow some runners to run more painlessly with the Chi Technique.