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Christopher Drozd
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Since 1983 I've been an independent personal fitness trainer, triathlon, and marathon coach.

My Runnin’ Nekkid seminars regularly draw groups of experienced and novice athletes and detail, for instance, why someone might want to run barefooted, and how to do it correctly and safely. Other talks include how it’s possible to develop more fitness with less effort using a heartrate monitor (Silver Bullet Fitness), and how to get more enjoyment from that expensive winter vacation by being mid-season fit for skiing or snowboarding from the first day on the hill (Ski Prep Spectacular).

My first book, FITNESS, Straight-Up: How to be a better athlete, or at least look like one is selling now on Amazon.com. Through its 272 pages and 55 pictures readers discover exactly how they can best build greater strength, burn more fat, improve flexibility, eat to be lean and energetic, sleep soundly, comfortably run barefoot, successfully plan workouts, and leverage the often overlooked power of the subconscious mind.

Also, I developed the Sport Fit Card series of sport specific fitness programs for Golf,Tennis, Volleyball & Skiing in 1993 and sold them worldwide until the end of the decade. The Golf card in particular paralleled two heralded studies that brought the oxymoron of golf fitness to the fore. My published program predated the studies.

Both the American Heart Association's Train To End Stroke (2001 & 2003) and the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society's Team In Training (2005) marathon fund-raising programs hired me to safely and efficiently lead hundreds of their participants in Los Angeles through five months of conditioning, and across the finish line of their 26.2 mile foot race.

From 2004 and into 2008 I owned and operated a boutique fitness coaching & Spinning® studio in Santa Monica, CA where my novice and elite triathletes and runners, along with the area’s general exercisers, could work with me in a private environment using carefully selected, high-end equipment.

All along I've been writing adventure travel and fitness articles for publications such as Delta Airlines' in-flight magazine, Sky, the Four Seasons' Resort magazine, Four Seasons, Toyota motor company's Connections, the Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau and Film Commission magazine, Santa Barbara, Yogi Times, Inside Triathlon, Triathlete and Los Angeles Sports & Fitness.

My weight training expertise is regularly featured in print, electronic and televised media including the book, Bike for Life -- How To Ride To 100, the Los Angeles Times newspaper GQ, Men's Journal, Men's Fitness magazines, a number of world wide websites and televised local news as well as Discovery Health Channel's Fitness Fantasy. And I co-authored a short piece on running form in the book Dr. Romanov's Training Essays, Volume 1. As of June, 2012 you can read my blog here at the Huffington Post!

For more information please visit my website.

Entries by Christopher Drozd

Running Form: Distilled (Part 4)

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 3:21 PM

Running Form: Distilled

And there you have it, the essence of running in three easy pieces -- Pose, Fall, Pull. But, if it's so easy, why do most runners suffer injuries, run slowly, and consider a marathon a long run?

Hardwired, But Short Circuited

Where adults have to work at...

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Running Form: Distilled (Part 3c)

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 10:58 AM

Anatomy of a Stride
You know from the two earlier posts that the previous two invariables in running -- Pose and Fall -- pretty much happen on their own. This next one, though, requires volition. In a word...

Pull

At the end of the Fall, when vertical ground force...

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Running Form: Distilled (Part 3b)

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 9:02 AM

Anatomy of a Stride

Remember from "Running Form: Distilled (Part 3a)" that from the running Pose you stand on the precipice, ready to give yourself to gravity, and...

Fall

Immediately following mid stance, your compressed biomechanical spring is quickly uncoiling and pushing you up slightly as you are now falling...

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Running Form: Distilled (Part 3a)

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 4:07 PM

Anatomy of a Stride

Recall from the previous post, "Running Form: Distilled (Part 2)," that by employing a standard by which to frame, evaluate and adjust movement you can begin running right, from the start, just as nature provides. So here in Part 3, as you look more closely at...

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Running Form: Distilled (Part 2)

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 12:28 PM

Awareness

As promised in the previous post, you're going to find out precisely how the perspective of aviator and author, Antoine de Saint-Exupery --

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

-- is...

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Running Form: Distilled (Part 1)

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 2:23 PM

Confusion: First Step to Clarity

Well, we've got to start somewhere, right? So, just sit, settle, and sip on something enjoyable as you learn a little more about correct running form in this multi-part post.

Today, clever quips, sound byte solutions and silver bullet expectations dominate the fitness...

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Running: Barefooted (Part 5)

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2013 | 10:12 AM

In the Long Run

Whether or not you will choose to learn Pose Method running, my recommendation for now is that by taking off your shoes and running you will immediately begin to reconnect with the natural function of your body. Injurious and inefficient heel-striking will soon give way to...

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Running: Barefooted (Part 4)

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 4:57 PM

What's the Fix?

In our consumerist society, according to the author of the best-selling book Born to Run, Christopher McDougall says, "We're told to just buy something, instead of to just learn something." Then, after purchased painkillers, hi-tech shoes, and orthotics fail, we still seek other passive remedies,...

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Running: Barefooted (Part 3)

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2013 | 12:48 PM

What About Injury?

Over the last 40 or 50 years, as recreational running has enjoyed immense popularity in America, foot and leg ailments have become increasingly prevalent. Despite the claimed advances in running shoe technology, rehabilitation techniques, and training methods, there is still no real consensus on the actual cause...

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Running: Barefooted (Part 2)

(2) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 10:43 AM

Nix the Kool-Aid

Now, incredibly, the problem of gait and shoe research is exacerbated by the presupposition, which is the assumption-- and you know what happens when we assume things, right? -- that the shod condition is somehow the baseline, the norm. Naturally, this skews all subsequent results. Conclusions are...

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Running: Barefooted (Part 1)

(8) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 2:05 PM

The New York Times occasionally publishes sound articles on fitness, but I've found their take on running to be routinely flawed. Tragically so. In following suit, columnist Gretchen Reynolds asks "Is Barefoot-Style Running Best?" and reports that "If foot muscles become tauter and firmer,...

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Running Form: Simplified (Part 5)

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 7:42 PM

Just Let Go and Run

Even after all the "coaching" described in the last post, we're "still stuck to the ground. How do we complete the stride?" Simple. We change support. It's self-evident -- the foot has to let go of the ground. So, we bend the knee to lift...

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Running Form: Simplified (Part 4)

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 1:37 PM

Simply Pulling It All Together

We now know from the previous post that "no one runs until they fall," but surely that can't be all there is to it. Well, there is one more thing. Let's pull together the all remaining coaching components attached to running form and find out...

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Running Form: Simplified (Part 3)

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 4:39 PM

Free Falling

Recall from where we left off in the previous entry that "from this Pose position, the runner stands on the precipice, ready to give himself to gravity and begin falling forward at 9.8m/sec./sec. into the next stride."

Still, opinions abound with regard to the propulsive phase...

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Running Form: Simplified (Part 2)

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 1:38 PM

Hit the Ground Running

You'll remember from the previous post that "correct running form asks only that runners eliminate the variables, and reinforce the invariables." In running, while foot-to-ground contact is a given, does nature favor one manner of landing and loading over another? Let's find out.


Heel...

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Running Form: Simplified (Part 1)

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 10:26 AM

Even a Caveman Could Do It

What if, along the lines of the Geico commercial, running could be so simple that even "a caveman could do it?" Of course, cavemen ran -- they had to. Yet, today, probably because running has devolved from efficient, survival-oriented...

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Running Form: Convoluted

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 3:16 PM

By Invitation

A friend asked me to come and hear a local sports physical therapist who's also a professor at a prominent University in Southern California give a presentation on running injury. He laid out his case to a room full of budding therapists, and a couple of coaches. While...

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Correct Running Form

(14) Comments | Posted July 22, 2012 | 10:01 AM

No matter what kind of runner you are, it's a good bet you want to run further, run faster, and run with less chance of injury. Or just to run again with childlike joy and abandon. To these ends, some think that running success lies in buying expensive, medicating shoes....

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Run Barefooted! Yes, You Can Do This at Home

(2) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 4:43 PM

The May/June Los Angeles Sports & Fitness cover caption reads, "You May Die: Face to Face With the Death Race." It's an "unkind two-day test of extreme physical and psychological stamina" where 90 percent of participants drop out. A different article inside describes...

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Runnin' Nekkid

(4) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 1:00 PM

"You made this happen," said my friend Roy Wallack as we met outside the Santa Monica, Calif. public library's auditorium. Roy's a Los Angeles Times fitness columnist, and the author of numerous books, including the popular "Bike for Life." I'm there to buy his latest book and hear his presentation...

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