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This one comes with a warning: Be prepared to have your whole concept of running faster completely challenged. Could it really be this easy?

Habitual tension or stiffness felt during or after a run is a clear sign that an area is working harder than it needs to. Ironically it is the tension that we engage from pushing harder to run faster (or just to run!) that slows us down or causes injury in the long term. Moving faster requires greater range of motion and therefore more elasticity, so it is critical not to accumulate tension as you run. An exceptionally effective way to eliminate tension in running is to utilise the force of gravity for your forward momentum. That is, to engage a forward lean as you run.

When you do this, gravity takes the primary role of acceleration, which takes the pressure away from your tight muscles, redirects the workload into your core and reduces much of the impact forces from running.

At this workshop you will learn how to engage your lean effectively. This is not difficult to do; however it does require a clear understanding of exactly what areas you need to focus on as you run. Every runner is a little different, so the specific feedback that you will receive throughout this workshop is an essential part of the learning process. When you successfully engage your lean, the work load of running is distributed evenly throughout your entire system. This eliminates excessive tension and opens the gateway to ease and flow. The increase in speed coupled with the decrease in effort is quite mystifying at first. It completely challenges your concept of running faster. Could it really be this easy? 

This workshop is facilitated by Maggie Macgill, who is an accomplished Chi Running® and Pilates teacher with 17 years of international coaching experience. Maggie holds a degree in research methods, Masters level certification in Pilates and is a qualified life coach. Her clients have included sufferers of acute and chronic pain through to professional sportspeople, paralympians and Olympic gold medalists. Pilates and Chi Running® are intelligent movement systems that harness the principles of alignment , balance and flow to reconnect you to your natural state of vitality. Maggie’s expert knowledge and customized application of these systems forms the basis of a powerful workshop that will leave you feeling refreshed, connected, confident and inspired.

In this workshop you will also have the pleasure of working with Hugh Lee and Lesley Fox. Hugh is a sought after Yoga Teacher trainer. Hugh teaches the end of day Yin Yoga class. Lesley Fox is a whole foods expert who creates incredibly healthy seasonal recipes that taste amazing. Lunch by Lesley is included in this workshop.

 

A footnote for those who are unfamiliar with Chi Running®:

Based on the Tai Chi principles of alignment, balance and flow, the Chi Running® technique shifts the work of running to the centre of the body. Moving this way is highly efficient and protects the body from injury. Chi Running® is a mindful practice creates a deep sense of physical presence and a clear connection to your body in motion.

 

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Class Schedule

Duration: 5.5 Hours

What you will learn
  • How to engage the force of gravity to run faster with less effort and stay injury free.
  • How to reduce physical and metal tension whilst running.
  • How to finish your events faster with significantly less effort and have more energy to celebrate afterwards.
What you will get
  • Powerful yet simple tools to increase your speed and decrease tension in your body.
  • Skills to enhance your athletic performance, reduce your risk of injury and create more flow in your running.
  • A stronger centre and a more relaxed mind.
  • Video analysis.
  • Delicious lunch.
  • 75 minute, end of day Yin Yoga Class (deep stretch and release).
  • A fun and rewarding day with likeminded runners.

What to bring
  • Just your enthusiasm!
What to wear

Your comfortable workout clothes plus an extra layer for stretching and cool down.

Appropriate for

Mindful athletes. Students and teachers of Pilates and yoga. Health care practitioners. Coaches. New and Returning Chi runners. Middle to long distance runners.


WHY WASTE TIME RUNNING AROUND IN CIRCLES, PUSHING HARDER THAN YOU NEED TO WHEN YOU CAN WORK WITH A COACH WHO HAS THE SKILL AND EXPERIENCE TO BRING OUT THE BEST IN YOU.

Maggie is an accomplished Chi Running® and Pilates teacher with 17 years of international coaching experience. She also holds a degree in research methods, Masters level certification in Pilates and is a qualified life coach. Her clients have included sufferers of acute and chronic pain through to professional sportspeople, paralympians and Olympic gold medalists.

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Jess

07 May 2017 • Acceleration without Cost: The Lean Workshop

I learned to run in a way that wasn't exhausting. I've always found it a struggle and had to overcome a lot of mental blockages to run long distances. The course taught me to enjoy running and run long distances without the mental and physical stress.

Jane

26 April 2017 • Acceleration without Cost: The Lean Workshop

I found the workshop extremely interesting and has helped me reconnect my mind with my body. Although there were many new concepts discussed and demonstrated during the workshop some of the most very basic ones have resonated with me and helped to give me a framework I can start to build some of the other elements on. It was a very worth while experience and conducted with such a generous spirit by everyone.