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The New Balance Minimus is a whole new approach to footwear, a place on the spectrum from barefoot running to the traditional maximum-cushioning running shoe. Inspired by Good Form Running and designed to be worn with or without socks.
If you think you can't get more out of your walks, runs or hikes, think again. Merrell Barefoot can help tune up your stride and turn on your adventure. Discover how to stimulate your senses and awareness, develop stronger muscles and find a more balanced posture in the shoe designed to move you.
New Balance has partnered with Good Form Running to help more people make running a less-painful, more enjoyable, part of their lives. By reducing the strain that leads to injury, these four steps, as demonstrated by Olympian and Good Form Running Expert Grant Robison in the video below, work together to keep you on the road, helping you to run longer, faster, and more comfortably.
Start at the beginning. Whether you're a seasoned athlete or a weekend warrior, barefoot training should start with the fundamentals. Build on them step by step to get the most out of your barefoot experience.
Practice good form. Proper foot strike, and other factors can optimize barefoot performance.
Build endurance gradually. Barefoot works muscles in your feet and legs that you may not be accustomed to using. If you usually wear socks, your feet may also be tender in the first days of training. Take it slow and easy for better results.
Pay attention to your body's signals. With any new training regimen, some soreness is to be expected. However, if soreness persists or worsens, take a break.
Choose familiar terrain at first. Different types of terrain can affect your training. Steep ups and downs and areas filled with obstacles, like roots or rocks, should be avoided until you've built up greater endurance and strength.
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