Barefoot Training Bangkok


Barefoot Training Vibram Five Fingers Bangkok

Barefoot Training shoes Vibram Five Fingers KSO


There is a new trend in sports training and it’s called barefoot running. Science is showing that there are many benefits and advantages to barefoot running and it may just help you get over that hurdle to your personal best.  A few pointers before I begin for safety’s sake. Like a baby you must crawl before you walk and you must walk before you run. So take a bit of caution before running out and going for a full barefoot workout.

  1. Walk around barefoot first.
  2. Use softer surfaces like grass to start out with.
  3. Buy a shoe like Nike Free that provides a barefoot type of feel while protecting your feet.
  4. Try Vibram Five Fingers which are the closest thing I’ve found to being barefoot while still protecting your feet from damage. (Walk in them first before running around as they take time to get used to).

So now that you’ve had a bit of caution here are a few advantages.

  1. Barefoot running costs less energy. According to research, running without shoes or with shoes lighter than normal allows the runners leg to accelerate more as there is less mass to actually accelerate at the end of the runner’s leg. According to Divert et. Al., 2005 and Squadrone and Gallozzi, 2009, running barefoot has been shown to use about 5% less energy than shod running.
  2. Develops muscle strength and proprioceptive gains in the legs, feet and hips that we wouldn’t otherwise develop in shoes.
  3. Helps strengthen the foot so that it pronates less. The strength also can help prevent the arch from collapsing.

At the end of the day, being barefoot allows our body to use its kinetic chain in a more natural way; the way nature designed it to work. However barefoot running may not be for everyone and depends on the individual. Be careful and have fun being healthy and active.

By Rich Thurman, B.Sc., MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT.
With a Bachelors degree in Physiological Science from UCLA a Masters in Sports Management from The University of San Francisco, Rich has over 10 years of experience in General Health Fitness & Fat loss, Sports Performance & Movement, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation. Rich is a health & performance coach and personal trainer for Active Lifestyle Co. Ltd in Bangkok.


About Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Rich has a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters of Sports Management from USF. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is primary author of The Fitness Library and writes for various other publications, including the San Francisco Police Officer's Association. Rich is the founder of Xodus Fitness, which offers Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, Urban Body Transformation Bootcamps, Corporate Wellness. Rich also conducts Workshops and an annual lecture at the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. Please feel free to contact through any of the links below to inquire about professional services or opportunities.

3 Responses to Barefoot Training Bangkok

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  2. Linda says:

    Missed this post. Just bought Vibram last week so I could improve my yoga, but have tried it for a short run…

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