If you have been looking at the feet of your fellow gym goers or runners at your local track, you may have noticed the latest trend: Barefoot running or running in "shoes" like Vibram 5 Fingers. Is this just a fitness trend (hello, Jazzercise!) or something you should be investigating further for yourself or as a personal trainer for your clients?
Dr. Emily Splichal, specialist in podiatric medicine, thinks barefoot training is definitely worth it for the health of your entire body. "Our feet play an integral role maintaining balance and body alignment. This postural feedback from our feet is often attenuated by our shoe gear and may put us at risk for injury. Research has compared injury rates between shod and barefoot athletes, with an overwhelming higher rate of injury in shod athletes. This higher injury rate is associated with the thicker soles blocking proprioceptive feedback from the foot and ankle," Dr. Splichal writes in the October issue of the Rofami Inc. Health and Wellness newsletter.
Where can we as health and wellness professionals turn to learn more about our amazing feet? Dr. Splichal will be leading a two-part lecture series through Evidence Based Fitness Academy on November 6, 2010 entitled "The Functional Foot and Ankle" and "Barefoot Balance Training" at the New York Sports Club (217 Broadway, NYC, NY).
"The Functional Foot and Ankle" will help fitness professionals help their clients gain an understanding of the role the foot and ankle play in creating and modifying fitness programs to maintain competitive among their colleagues and achieve the greatest results with their clients. "Barefoot Balance Training" will focus on postural training, including balance training, strength training, and flexibility training, to help bring client's away from chronic pain and muscular imbalances by learning how to realign the body from the foot up.
Dr. Splichal knows what she is talking about: She holds a DPM from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine; a Master’s in Public Health from Brooklyn College and has recently completed her Master’s in Human Movement from A.T. Still University. She also is the founder of the Evidence Based Fitness Academy, an educational institution dedicated to providing research-based fitness education for fitness professionals specializing in Human Movement.
Evidence Based Fitness Academy will have their official website launch (designed by health professional Jessica Vergottini http://www.jvdesigns.net/) this Wednesday, October 20th. The goal of the site is to connect fitness professionals with affordable continuing education and amazing professionals in their own cities. No longer will trainers have to spend extra money on travel at an expensive continuing education conference!
I had always been interested in working out and being fit, but never could stick with it. I rode bikes and did martial arts and dance as a kid, but always opted for the more creative choices when I got older, instead of the active choices. NO organized sports for this kid!
I was the newspaper editor and drama queen in high school, and my love of the arts took me to college as a Musical Theatre Major, and that led me to living in New York City. All the while, I was the chubby one, the funny best friend and side kick. I wanted to lose weight, but never really knew what to do about it.
After September 11, I moved back to my home state of Oklahoma to help take care of my older sister who was suffering from kidney failure. The defeat I felt in moving home only added to my weight problems. My sister had me weigh myself at her doctor appointment one day, and I weighed over 200 pounds. I refused to believe it, and blamed the fact that I was wearing clothes for the extra 50 pounds.
Then everything changed: my sister passed away in September of 2002. I was lost and confused, and was medicating myself with food and drinks. One morning in November of 2002, I woke up and was tired of feeling bad. I needed to change. I started my fitness journey that morning by putting on an old pair of sneakers and I never looked back.
I have lost over 60 pounds on my own through diet and exercise. No fancy tricks, but lots of sweat and hard work. I am amazed when people can change their lives by doing the same thing. I'm an ACE certified personal trainer, personal trainer at Equinox Sports Club West LA, licensed Zumba instructor, and intenSati leader (with more to come!!!), and am happy for the chance to touch people with my enthusiasm for fitness everyday.