What’s even more amazing is when you take into consideration the speed in which they cover that distance. Kangaroos can achieve speeds of up to 40 miles per hour.
So what's their secret?
And my point is?
Bosch, co-author of the book, Running: Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology in Practice is a Professor of Biomechanics and Anatomy at Koninklijke Nederlandse Atletiek Unie. He also has served as jumps coach for Netherlands’ national team from 2003 to 2006 and on their Olympic staff for the 2000 and 2004 games. Therefore, it rather makes sense and there is good reason to believe this guy knows what he is talking about.
What is the BK method?
Sure, your arms, legs and especially your feet play a big part when you run. However, take a moment and consider how you could be using other parts of your body to your advantage to build momentum that could help propel you forward even faster as you move each leg forward:
- Pelvis – moves throughout all three planes of motion while you run
- Spine – assists with your pelvis’ frontal plane movement through sidebending, counterrotates to twist the joints in your lower thoracic vertebra and performs a complex flexion/extension movement with your glutes.
- Shoulders –assists with the trunk counterrotation to turn your pelvis in the opposite direction and with your armswing
- Head – your head moves side to side as each foot moves forward
Put these movements all together, and you will see that no part of your body is really travelling in a straight line as you create forward motion as you run. This contradicts the idea of maintaining a straight running posture. With your body in constant motion and bouncing more like a rubber ball instead of maintaining a straight line, you are producing and utilizing your body’s energy more efficiently.
The BK Method is not something that comes naturally. If you wish to incorporate this method into your training, you will need to develop the muscles in your hips and legs first. If you skip this step, you could quickly injure yourself. There is no instant gratification with BK, as it takes about six months to properly learn all its movements. While learning the BK Method may be a huge investment of time on your part, the payoff will be improved speed and endurance with your runs.