Barefoot Running Clinic


Tuesday 4th April 2017

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Run and Become, 4a Eccleston Street, London, SW1W 9LN


A technical and practical workshop, this barefoot running clinic is designed to give you an opportunity to create your own individual barefoot running programme with all the important information and advice that you need. Bring your running gear and barefoot shoes!

Workshop run by Matt Wallden, an osteopath and health & performance specialist. The workshop will be based around the following format:

Section 1: Presentation

  • Background to Barefoot
  • some of the rationale for and against barefoot
  • what the research says
  • Barefoot & Minimalist running
  • what's the difference?
  • alternative or complementary?
  • is it for me?
  • Transitioning
  • how long should I allow?
  • what distances can I run?
  • can I compete with shod runners?
  • what if I'm already injured?

Section 2: Workshop

  • Assessing Running Technique
  • The basics of barefoot running
  • Common faults and fixes
  • Creating your own programme
  • Corrective exercises
  • Conditioning exercises
  • Making a customised transition plan (periodization)

The Clinic is run by Matt Wallden.

Matt Wallden

Matt WalldenMatt Wallden is the osteopath and health & performance specialist who was one of the first to tell Vibram that their product, Vibram FiveFingers, were much more than just a sailing shoe.

Matt's background as an educator and faculty member of several osteopathic colleges and the CHEK Institute allowed him to recognize that the Vibram FiveFingers provided a perfect opportunity for the foot to work as nature designed it. His career has seen him present his research and concepts at many national and international events; as well as to write for the acclaimed Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies as a co-editor.

Matt has worked as a consultant for many elite sports teams and professional athletes as well as many patients with chronic pain and health conditions.

In 1999 Matt wrote to Adidas to suggest that they create a shoe he called "gloves for feet" and his concept was held on file, but Matt continued to explore the barefoot concept. In 2006 Matt was writing a chapter for a textbook on natural rehabilitation in which he included a section on barefoot walking and running. Months later, Matt was teaching a course in New York and one of the students walked in wearing a pair of Vibram FiveFingers. With the research he had been gathering and recognizing Vibram's product as almost identical to the description he had sent to Adidas 7 years previously, Matt wrote to Vibram, explained the background and the importance of the product to Vibram, and soon became their distributor to the UK.

Since then, Matt has regularly trained and run in his Vibram FiveFingers and will be completing an off-road ultra event this summer with his colleagues at Primal Lifestyle.

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