At the end of January, I had the pleasure of attending the Evidence Based Fitness Association’s Barefoot Training Summit with fellow Pongo Power Personal Trainer, Jessica Stone.

This workshop explored the benefits of barefoot training, in order to enhance performance in activities such as: running, basketball, martial arts, dance, as well as simply standing still or walking.  Dr. Emily Splichal, who ran the summit states:

“With the foot as the only contact point between the body and the ground, this complex structure plays a critical role in the way in which our body stabilizes during dynamic movement.”

As a former dancer, current runner, and sometimes yoga participant, I was excited to take part in learning more about how the foot and core are connected.  As a teen, the first half of all of my dance classes were done barefoot.  Looking back, I see how that focus was so important to functional stability. 

The Deep Front Line connects the Plantar Foot with the Deep Hip and Pelvic Floor muscles. Training those muscles with the right sequencing, can help create better core stability throughout movement, which can mean less chance of injury, and better performance.

One of the exercises that Dr. Splichal recommends to train foot to core sequencing  is called, “short foot”.

I have been integrating short foot into my training since the summit, and am noticing improvements.  I’m more stable in my balancing series during Bikram Yoga, and my running stride is feeling better; I am experiencing greater ease.  I’m excited to continuing expanding my knowledge in this area, and sharing it with my clients!