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In my running lifetime, I have busted er... more than 50 shoes? I have also busted both my knees and was forced to retire from running until I befriended Nike Free. With Nike Free, I ran the Melbourne 42.195km marathon last year in conjunction with the 2,500th marathon anniversary and although the knee pain recurred on the 23rd km but I managed to complete the marathon with a PB.

There are various good write-up on barefoot running if you were to google and read, so I wont dwell much on its benefit save except for my personal experience. Finding the right shoe is as important as finding the right spouse except you have the liberty to test drive any shoes but not with any potential spouse. After a good run on Nike Free, I went a step further and test driven the Vibram Five Fingers and needless to say... It was akin of love at first sight!

Somehow, I find wearing a highly padded shoe causes the small muscles in my feet to weaken and the tendons, ligaments and natural arches had stopped doing their job which in turn, had led to my knee problem. All the supportive shoe inserts, orthotics and extra cushioning creates a poor foot biomechanics. They're deceiving the body. Here's an explanation, based on our body's proprioceptive abilities.. that is, the way it can communicate up and down all pathways. When we run barefoot, the body precisely engages our vision, our brain, the soles of our feet, and all the muscles, bones, tendons, and supporting structures of our feet and legs... sort of using all of our body senses. They leap to red alert, and give us a high degree of protection from the varied pressures and forces of running.

On the other hand, when we run in socks and heavy padded insole etc our body loses a lot of input.. the senses switched off to a degree, and our reaction time decreases. The biomechanics of running with negligible padded shoes also increases speed and running cadence. Evidently, almost every recruit at the CHIEF'S ORIGINAL BOOTCAMP (COBC) improves its 1 mile run benchmark assessment when they were on Vibram. Every instructors at the COBC too are on Vibram. Staff Sarge (COBC) (P) Dann owns more than five Vibram and a car-bootfull of shoes.

The Vibram is also best suited for outdoor training at COBC especially when it is machine washable and easy dry. Yes we also hear ya request, COBC had recently obtained approval as a re-seller to Vibram and we are pleased to offer our recruits a RM100 rebate of COBC monthly training fees when you buy your Vibram shoes from the CHIEF'S ORIGINAL BOOTCAMP.

This also mark COBC's first attempt at e-commerce marketing. Delivery will take approximately 5 days from the date of order. Why would anyone order a Vibram from COBC and had to wait for 5 days? Yes... because with every order, you can redeemed RM100 rebate against the monthly RM299 COBC training. To order, please click HERE and Stay tuned for more details....



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