Form Analysis






Most of our athletes know how to train, or they know how to follow a training plan. What happens when we can’t add more “stuff” to training? Or, if an athlete reaches a certain point and injuries become recurring? None of our forms are perfect, and they don’t have to be. However, we all have things we can work on to make our training more consistent by being more resilient. We can become more efficient and utilize energy better. The truth is, even small improvements in form can yield big dividends, all without just adding more volume to our weeks or just trying to do harder workouts.

I (Luke) am a Certified Running Gait Analyst through and has worked with runners of all abilities since 2006. I was brought into running under the thought that the body will find the most efficient form, given you run enough. And, while true, in the decades I have been a runner and coach, I have realized that technique can be honed and performance improved, regardless of ability. I use golf as an example. I love playing golf, but I am average at best. I go and hit balls once a week and play every couple of weeks. Sure, I can hack my way through a bucket and through the course, but does it mean that I am any better? Not really. I have settled into a swing that is now efficient for me currently, but not the best swing to improve my game. It’s the saying, practice makes permanent- not perfect. The same thing goes with form. For most people, we don’t have to remake your form, but recognizing what low hanging fruit we can tweak can bring on some great improvements.

How it works:

Once you purchase a gait analysis:

  1. you will receive a running evaluation form. Fill this out and submit it. It will give us an idea of what is going on with training, any injury history, and some things to take into consideration when looking at your gait.
  2. You will receive instructions on how to deliver your videos to us. We will need videos from the front, side, and back (with feet visible) that are regular speed and good quality. To really get a good idea of what’s going on, it would be great to get videos when you are fresh and then after a workout, long run, or during goal pace.
  3. From there, we will take a look at all the videos and give you feedback on what we are looking for vs what you are doing.
  4. We will provide recommendations for any strength and mobility work and any cues to focus on.