Good Form Walking

Walking is a great way to stay healthy. Learn to walk the right way to get the most out of your workout, without taking a toll on your body.

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What is Good Form?

We spend our whole lives on the move: running, walking, skipping, name it! While these concepts are familiar and innate to us, it can come as a surprise that we could actually be moving BETTER.

Our basic philosophy encourages one very simple mantra: move light and easy. Instead of a complex bio-mechanical analysis (#Science), Good Form focuses on the simple, essential steps that allow for efficient and healthy running and walking.

Along with effective stretching and strengthening techniques, Good Form can benefit all ranges of runners and walkers. With simplicity as a focal point, Good Form has positively reached thousands of runners and walkers since 2006.

Good Form Walking in 3 Steps

Walking healthier, easier, and faster is what every walker strives for. Focusing on proper mechanics, GFW helps walkers of all ages and abilities achieve these goals.

Classes are FREE, fun, and easy, taught by experienced instructors and coaches with decades of combined experience.

1. Posture

1. Posture-Walk
  • Head level, eyes looking forward.
  • Stretch and reach to the sky, elongating spine.
  • Relax arms to sides at a 90 degree angle.
  • Keep arms & shoulders relaxed.
  • Use compact arm swings, avoid crossing the body's center line.
  • Knees soft.
  • Feet straight ahead.

2. Landing

2. Landing - Walking
  • Walk lightly, avoid pounding.
  • Foot lands softly and closely under hip line.
  • A quicker cadence promotes shorter stride length.
  • Soft heel roll to midfoot promotes a balanced walking position, minimizing braking and friction.

3. Lean

  • Use gravity to help generate forward momentum.
  • Slight lean from the ankles without bending at the waist.
  • Reset posture, then lean tall into your walk.

Good Form is Transforming Lives

Good running form is the single most important thing I've learned in 30 years at Playmakers. I question why it took us so long to learn it.

Curt Munson

After ten years of not running because of injuries, I've been able to run since incorporating GFR, feeling great and avoiding injuries.

John Benedict

My whole life I've experienced pain while running. GFR got me off running on my heels and onto my midfoot. This not only improved my efficiency and speed, but it's also made me a healthier runner for life.

Dr. Jeffrey R. Kovan, DO

Good Form Running has been very helpful for me. I started out not being able to run very far at all and now am able to run a total of 6 miles!

Kristen Fell

Coming from a cycling paradigm, the last thing I wanted to do was run. It wasn't enjoyable and it was a horrible shock to my quads. Since learning good form, running has become easier and more fluid for my body.

Mike Homan

Starting the program, I could run (slowly jog) about ½ a mile, then had to walk. Now I’m running 5 miles without stopping. The instruction has also kept me injury free, something that hasn’t happened for me in several years.

Scott Etzel

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