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Jon Burdon, Chi Running and Chi Walking instructor based in England and Wales

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This blog is all about my journey with Chi Running. I try to discuss all aspects of the practice. I also write a book review for every book I read about running. Please DO post comments below - you don't event need to have an account - just leave your name :)

Anatomy for Runners by Jay Dicharry - a review from a Chi Running perspective

This book is a must read for anyone interested in running without injury, or anyone interested in Chi Running.

As books on Chi Running clearly focus on what makes Chi Running unique and effective, they include a lot of information on the Chi Running technique itself. This book is a brilliant complement to that reading because it is deeply grounded in the science of running. If you have no idea about Chi Running but just want to be injury free - read this book!

Jay Dicharry has impressive credentials, and all his writing is well referenced. It's a good job, because there are certain aspects of debate which are controversial (barefoot running etc.) These are tackled in an intelligent, well argued way that refuses to move in one direction unless science can take us there. There are a good deal of running myths revealed in the book. If you have read books such as Born to Run then this is a good balance because, again, it keeps to the Science.

Personally I like to understand subjects in a good level of detail. Dicharry covers muscular structure, leg anatomy, gait analysis and various other topics in a good level of detail using clear analogies that make things very clear.

You will read mid way through the book with a deep understanding of the importance of posture and muscle stability in running.

Then for the best bit! There a set of anatomical tests to help you identify your muscular strengths and weaknesses. Dicharry explains which injuries are caused by which muscle problems and why. And of course, the last section of the book is how to fix yourself.

Why wouldn't you want to give your body an MOT? This book is a great self help guide for any runner... I'd suggest it could save you a lot of money at the physio and help you avoid a lot on injury. When you've read the book and had a go at the exercises... read the Chi Running book next!

For those of you who are already well read in Chi Running I'd say this book is in 98% agreement with the Chi Running approach.

So - who has read it? Who agrees with me on how great this book is? I guess I didn't point out any downsides. Does anyone else see any?

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I live in the Holme Valley, near Huddersfield and on the very northern edge of the Peak District National Park. Workshops are in venues easily accessible from:

Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Liverpool, Huddersfield, Halifax, Wakefield, Barnsley, Cumbria, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and North Wales.


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I am a qualified Mountain Leader, registered with the Mountain Training Association.

Photos of the Holme Valley Landscape are by Andy Leader of Made in Holmfirth

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