Becoming a Barefoot Running Coach

Discussion in 'Barefoot & Minimalist Running' started by Dawsy, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. Dawsy Barefooters

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    Hi all,

    I've been running barefoot/minimalist for a few years now and have been thinking lately about becoming a coach and showing others how to do it.

    How would I go about doing this? Does one need a qualification, or is experience enough?

    Thanks!

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  2. Rusinque Barefooters
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    A few years? Yeah, thats about enough time.
    I assume you could just teach. Simple as that.
    Get a group and teach.

    PS: Make sure that they actually WANT to learn to run barefoot.
  3. Dawsy Barefooters

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    Thanks :) Yeah the 'want' bit is pretty important!

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  4. Barefoot TJ Administrator
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    There are no rules actually. We've talked about this here extensively. Anyone got the link? Anyway, I think it would be nice to have a program that teaches instructors how to teach barefoot running technique (for those who want it) and other helpful info. There are some programs springing up you can search for on the net. If you do decide to teach, please add yourself to the Barefoot Running Instructors Map here: Barefoot Running Instructors Map

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  5. The Ramzev Super Moderator
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    Here's what Jason has to say about this. Click...wait for it...HERE

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  6. Last Place Jason Super Moderator
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    I'm not anti-coach, just anti-certification. If I were to give a recommendation for a would-be coach, I'd recommend in this order:

    • Read John Wooden's "Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations..."
    • Read "Tread Lightly" by Pete Larson and Bill Katovsky
    • Read Ken Bob's barefoot book
    • Find my book online, download for free
    • Start reading every new post here: https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/huaraches
    • Read the first ChiRunning book
    • Read the first Pose book
    • Read "The Art of Non-Conformity" by Chris Guillebeau
    • Take a Good Form running clinic
    • Watch the Evolution Running DVD
    • Read Elliot Aronson's "Social Animal"
    • Observe your two favorite teachers, one from middle school and one from high school, ask how they manage to reach all their students. Mimic that.
    Keep in mind- this is my opinion of how one could become a pretty well-rounded barefoot coach. I don't like the idea of having any sort of barriers to entering the teaching realm. Your experience is more than enough to get started. ;)

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  7. Dawsy Barefooters

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    Thanks so much for finding that for me! I knew I had read it before but couldn't track it down this morning.

    TJ: Looks like there are no coaches nearby so I might corner the market ;) If I take the plunge I'll add myself. I don't suppose you found a way to add in coach ratings as per Jason's article? I love that idea!

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  8. Barefoot TJ Administrator
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    Dang, I think Jason's spying on us. Hee.

    To be honest, it's too much for me to take on at the moment. My pattern if full, Mav. If anyone else wants to step up and pursue this, then please let us know.

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  9. Barefoot TJ Administrator
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    Okay, so wait, Jason. You don't recommend he read the BRS, just the Huarache group?

    I had to think about that.

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  10. Dawsy Barefooters

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    Wow thanks Jason. Looks like I'm on the right track. I've read nearly all those running books (Tread Lightly is on order). I'll add the others to my reading list.

    Thanks for the advice!

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  11. Bare Lee Barefooters
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    Jeez, yet another barefoot forum? Oh wait, it's mostly about shoes, what a relief.
    It would be great if everyone would just concentrate their energies here at the BRS, but I suppose the plurality of forums is good for barefoot democracy . . .
    Nice list bytheway Jason. You're right on top of things, as usual.

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  12. Last Place Jason Super Moderator
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    TJ- I assumed Dawsy was already reading BRS. Note I didn't include the "other' forum, though. It was intentional. ;)

    The Google group tends to discuss the science behind barefoot running, shoes, diet, and training methodology. The BRS members tend to talk about the practical application of each of these. Both modalities are important to understand as a potential coach. I can't stress the human factor enough, though. Understanding the individual needs of any potential client is critical, as is the ability to recommend a wide range of techniques using terminology they can actually understand. Most coaches that fail do so because THEY understand the ideas but cannot effectively relay the information to the client. It's the same reason many college professors tend to be crappy teachers.

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  13. Bare Lee Barefooters
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    Cool, sounds like a good clearinghouse, I'll have to start checking it out.

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  14. Last Place Jason Super Moderator
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    Just have some free time and an Internet connection. :)

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  15. Last Place Jason Super Moderator
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    The Google format is maddening, but the regular posters are insightful and inherently skeptical. It's a fertile ground for hashing out controversial ideas due to their intolerance for dogma.

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  16. Bare Lee Barefooters
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    I've been trying to wind down my barefoot running site/blog/forum obsession, and now you introduce another one. I guess as long as I keep learning it's time well-spent.

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  17. Barefoot TJ Administrator
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    Why are you ironing doll clothes?

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  18. Bare Lee Barefooters
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    That's five years ago, right after our first kid was born. She's turning five in a week, so I was feeling nostalgic. I also miss my tropical tan. All clothes need to be ironed there because there's a insect that lays eggs in the clothes when they're drying on the line, and the hot iron kills them. Otherwise the larvae burrow into the skin. Still, some got by, and we had to squeeze a few of the white, maggot-like critters out of her back when she was six months old.

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  19. NickW Barefooters
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    Holy cow! I've heard of stuff like that but how horrible that your baby got them! Where was this at Lee?

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  20. Bare Lee Barefooters
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    In Mozambique. It wasn't so bad. First it's a red spot, then you see the little hole, then you squeeze them out. They could get pretty big on our dog though. We wouldn't see them at first because of the fur. I do remember feeling violently mad at the little vermin though. My first full-fledged defend-the-family fatherly feelings I suppose.

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