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All About Barefoot And Minimalist Running Shoes

When it comes to discussing running shoes, there are many arguments about which types of shoes is the best for running. In addition, if you are trying to find the best footwear for being on feet all day, it is quite challenging.

Once people want to choose a pair of running shoes, they usually question many things and factors such as types, colors, designs, features, etc. A good pair of running shoes is a must-have gear that every runner has at least one. Furthermore, it is also worth to invest in a good pair of running shoes that fits the runner and lasts for a long time.

In the market, there are many brands and types of running shoes available, which makes it quite hard and confused for a runner to pick the most favorable one. Recently, ‘barefoot running’ has become a top trend in the running world. It has raised a lot of interests from runners that they are seeking for minimalist footwear

There are now two types of minimalist shoes including barefoot running shoes and minimalist running shoes. Here is a quick brief about these two types of running shoes.

Barefoot Running Shoes

It is also called barefoot shoes for short. As you can see from its name, this type of shoes will give you the feeling of running with your barefoot as naturally as possible. In order to enhance natural feeling, many barefoot running shoes do not have a cushion in the heel. However, there is also a few barefoot shoes that have a bit cushioning.

The material layer of the shoes is very thin, around 3-4 mm. Therefore, you will be able to have the authentic feeling between your foot and the ground. In addition, the protection from barefoot running shoes is also at its slow.

In comparison, the difference between the height of heels and height of toes of normal running shoes are higher than barefoot running shoes. All barefoot running shoes feature a zero drop from heel to toe. While normal running shoes are 10-12 mm drop.

There is not so much arch support that runner can receive from barefoot running shoes. Therefore, for those people who have high arches, barefoot running shoes fit them the most with fewest problems. Whereas, people with low arch type will be in lack of arch support and need to adjust themselves with that problem.

Minimalist Running Shoes

This type of shoes is a combination between barefoot running shoes and traditional running shoes. It is a hybrid of both types of shoes which make it easier for you to start barefoot running. It is spacious in minimalist running shoes’ toe box that improves balance.

Let’s put it again in comparison with barefoot running shoes. Minimalist running shoes feature 4-8 mm heel drop. Moreover, it will have little arch supports than barefoot running shoes. This kind of shoes is designed to be lightweight, cushioning and flexible.

Benefits Of Wearing Barefoot and Minimalist Running Shoes

When running with a pair of barefoot or minimalist shoes, you are taken back to the most natural feel in moving. A pair of minimalist running shoes has more space in its toe box so that your toes can move freely. Moreover, go minimalist also mean more flexibility that your feet can move in all directions easily.

One highlight feature of minimalist running shoes is zero to a very low drop from heel to toe. Your leg swing and posture are enhanced as much as it does when you do not wear shoes. There is a kind of minimalist shoes like slipper which stays really tight to your feet during the run.

Tips for Barefoot and Minimalist Running Shoes

In term of barefoot running shoes, you should look for a perfect fit pair of shoes. You do not need a pair of shoes with space in your toes like traditional running shoes. A good pair of barefoot running shoes sticks to your feet like a glove.

In addition, there is no need in wearing socks when you are wearing barefoot running shoes. However, socks will help you reduce the crash directly from your skin to the shoes. Therefore, it can protect the runner from the blister and give extra heat.

There is some kind of minimalist shoes that feature closures rather than lace system. In comparison, a lace system help runner save time in taking on and off. Moreover, it also gives more support to people with high arch type.

One of the best things about minimalist shoes is that you can wash the shoes by washing machine. It will save your time to clean the shoes. You will be able to keep good hygiene on your minimalist shoes than the traditional running shoes.

Getting Started in Barefoot Running

You are suggested to begin with barefoot running slowly. Not everyone is successful when they practice barefoot running even though anyone can give it a try. With a gradual start, you can reduce the risk of being injured and other related problems.

First of all, you can practice by standing barefoot in a gravel to strengthen the soles of your feet skin. Then, you should start with a walk rather than a run. And when it comes to running, you are recommended to run the short distance not long distance.

When you want a more distanced run, you should build up more of your strengths and endurance. To be able to run far and fast, you should not be too eager, try to add up 10 to 20% of your distance length every week and practice. Besides, it is also essential to have a smooth transition between your new running forms to the old one.

However, before starting barefoot running, you should consult your doctor beforehand if you are having a problem with fasciitis and ailments. The last thing is to feel your body, no one can give you exact advice to your body than yourself. You should stop or change the way of practice whenever you feel painful.

How to Choose Trail Mountain Bikes

We will quickly talk to you about how you can choose good trail mountain bikes. Mountain biking is the kind of sport where the quality and technical specifications of your equipment, in this case the bike, really makes a dramatic difference to how quickly you learn the sport and how well you excel at it.

Trail Mountain Bikes

Choosing between hardtails and full suspension bikes

Bikes that do not have any kind of suspension in the back are called hard tail mountain bikes. Though they might sound like an undesirable bike, the truth is that a hard tail mountain bike can actually be a great way for you to begin with trail mountain biking. Since you don’t have any suspension in the back, you will be forced to use your body to balance and control the bike, thereby allowing you to gain precision control over your bike, as you use it several times. Hard tails are also great because they are generally cheaper, by several hundred dollars, since suspension systems are quite expensive. You can essentially buy a Grade A hard tail bike for the same amount of money that you will need to spend on a Grade B full suspension trail mountain bike. In that way, you have great value for money when you buy the best hard tail bike.

Of course, some trails that have steep jumps will not be ideal for hard tail bikes, as suspension will become necessary. When you have reached an advanced level in terms of your mountain biking skills, you might want to look at full suspension mountain bikes that will allow you to take adventurous jumps and also generally ride for longer, without hurting too much.

Choosing a bike that will give you the best riding position

Trail mountain bikes come in a wide variety of styles, with each manufacturer incorporating a design element that is slightly unique. No two people have the same exact body. Hence, it is very important that you buy a bike that will offer you great riding position.

Here are a few tips that you can put to use while in the bike shop, when you shop for trail mountain bikes.

Stand Over height

The stand over height refers to the clearance that you have between the mountain bike’s frame and your butt, when you stand over the bike. Ideally, there should be at least 2 inches of clearance there.

Handlebar reach

When you sit on your saddle, your back should take on a 45 degree angle when you clutch the handlebar. It shouldn’t have you leaning forward or sitting too upright as it is very difficult to control a mountain bike in difficult conditions, if you are not at a precise 45 degree angle. If the bike’s reach doesn’t fit your needs right away, you can probably try to see if the handlebar stem can be adjusted to a better position, as most bikes will offer you that adjustment setting.

Pedal reach

Never buy a bike that will have you locking out your knees when you fully extend your legs. There should be at least a 10-15 degree bend at all times. Of course, easy seat adjustments will help you find this position quite quickly, when you shop for trail mountain bikes.

Before you roll out that brand new mountain bike from the store, make sure that the three riding position points mentioned above have been checked and ticked off.

New Kerlon

  • Kerlon
  • CLUB: Cruzeiro
  • POSITION: Attacking Midfield or Forward
  • FULL NAME: Kerlon Moura Souza
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 27 January 1988
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Ipatinga (MG)

HE OF THE SEAL DRIBBLE

Roberto Rivelino did it. Johan Cruyff did it. Diego Maradona did it. That ‘it’ is, of course, invented or pioneered an outrageous piece of trickery. But now there’s a new kid on the block, who has added himself to this celebrated list.

His name is Kerlon, and he is the latest in a long line of incredibly gifted Brazilians, to stun the world of football with a magical piece of skill. His party piece – the aptly named ‘seal dribble’ – is, perhaps, even more flamboyant than those distinguished moves trademarked by the aforementioned legends.

Swiftly flicking the ball up from the turf onto his head, Kerlon then proceeds to glide past opponents, whilst bouncing the ball on top of his forehead. The speed, at which he travels when doing this, is mind-blowing, and the delicacy with which Kerlon connects with the ball, means that it stays remarkably close to his head as he advances forward.

Couple this with his unique ability to change direction as he runs with the ball above his nut, evading bewildered opponents, and it’s easy to tell why stopping him is nigh-on impossible. In fact, disillusioned opponents’ only response to the seal dribble has been, to resort to fouling its young exponent.

Kerlon’s piece of skill came to the fore, during the recent South American under-17 Championships in Venezuela – a competition in which he won both the top goalscorer and best player awards – creating a media frenzy in the process.

But it was years ago, that the unlikely trick was invented. The emerging teenager was enjoying an impromptu kickabout with his father Silvino, when his instant control and subsequent ability to keep the ball aloft using only his head, prompted his impressed old man, to encourage the development of a dribble using only his head to touch the ball.

Before long, Kerlon had astounded Silvino by perfecting this move, whilst running at pace and changing direction. And so it was. From then on, Kerlon began to use the seal dribble, with success, during training sessions at Ipatinga – the club he was then associated with.

Although established as his trademark, the player always intended to save use of the dazzling invention, until he made the breakthrough at professional level. However, he was unable to refrain from exhibiting his innovation during the youth event in Venezuela. “I couldn’t wait,” he conceded with a smile.

“It’s just a skill I have, though it’s not meant to be a mark of disrespect for my opponents.

The trick is beautiful and efficient. Sooner or later, defenders will find a way to stop me without conceding a free-kick. But until then, I can keep using the play to my advantage.

“Opponents say they will snap me. But this doesn’t scare me it just motivates me even more.”

But the seal dribble is not the sole reason why Kerlon is being tipped to go on to great things – one doesn’t inherit the number 10 shirt for Brazil, at any level, unless you’re a fine player.

Able to operate in an advanced midfield position, or as a forward, the 17-year-old is an expert dribbler and possesses wonderful ability to slip weighted passes in behind defences.

He is also a free-kick expert, and given the amount of fouls the seal dribble draws, this trait is made all the more beneficial.

Kerlon’s next objective is to convince Cruzeiro coach Levir Culpi, that he is ready to make the progression into the Raposa first team;

“This South American Championships came to change my life, my destiny. I am more mature and I want to be used in the Brazilian Championship. I’m just waiting for the call from Levir.”