Differences in Exercise Economy between Minimalistic and Conventional Footwear
Background: Barefoot running has been thought to be more metabolically economical than conventional, shod running. However, some studies have suggested that only experienced barefoot runners may benefit due to biomechanical changes the body must first adopt. As an experienced barefoot runner, I tested the theory on myself to determine metabolic economy in barefoot and shod running. Methods: After establishing VO2max, treadmill tests were conducted on three separate days on a single subject trained in the barefoot running style. On each test day, two 15-minute running sessions were conducted, ...
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