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(Almost) Barefoot Running

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Several research studies and articles have emerged about the potential benefits of tossing the “tennies” and running barefoot. On the heels of these claims, many consumers and fitness professionals are joining the barefoot revolution. But what about potential road hazards, such as broken glass and sharp rocks? One company offers a slightly more protective alternative to the naked foot. According to the Vibram FiveFingers® website, unique footwear “offer[s] the exhilarating joy of going barefoot with the protection and sure-footed grip of a Vibram® sole.” The company boasts increased muscular activation, leg strength and joint mobility. Are these claims founded, or is this another fad?

Ryan Halvorson

Ryan Halvorson is an award-winning writer and editor. He is a long-time author and presenter for IDEA Health & Fitness Association, fitness industry consultant and former director of group training for Bird Rock Fit. He is also a Master Trainer for TriggerPoint.

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