Shane Benzie – Founder
10 years ago I was a runner in need of guidance. Like so many runners around me I had two big issues: the first was that I was constantly battling injury; the second, I just could not improve my performance. These challenges began to erode the joy from my running and I made the decision to do something about it.
I vowed to go on a journey that would look further than than just my fitness and pursue what good running was and how to achieve it.
This journey soon turned into a passion and fascination of our dynamic movement. Coaching, analysing and researching our running movement on 6 continents and in a number of environments (many of them extreme) with athletes, tribes and indigenous people, has led me to the conclusion that our movement is largely influenced by our perception of the movement; if we change our perception then we change our movement. When we move to our full potential we do so with elasticity, synergy, fluidity and a sense of connectivity which is driven by our amazing proprioceptive system. I believe this perception has been replaced with one that promotes one of being mechanical, if indeed there is any thought at all.
My “movement in running”workshops take an anthropological view of the runner. My belief is that if we move like a human is designed to move, that will make us a good athlete. To maximise our potential we must take that human movement and turn it into human performance. This approach allows the runner to take ownership of their movement and create a running intelligence that treats running as a skill that can be practiced and developed.
My journey has taught me that when we change our movement it’s largely a software change. Our muscles don’t have a memory, they react to messages from our brain. I consider our proprioception to be our sixth sense. Much of my research and coaching is based on the connection between the mind and the athletic body. If we fully understand the challenge ahead when we are changing our movement we will succeed.
My worked is based on the belief that our running form can only be analysed and coached outside in the natural environment, away from the treadmill which completely changes our running dynamics. To this end I use ground-breaking, wearable sensor technology and 360 degree video analysis of the whole body. We run outside so we should be analysed and coached outside. Our dynamic movement will always be an extension of our everyday movement. How we sit, stand and walk is how we run. My movement workshops address this and ensure you take ownership of both your everyday and dynamic movement.
I coach a running technique that focuses on efficiency and managing the effects of impact on the body to runners of all levels from elite to complete beginners and those returning from injury.
Please take some time to take a look at my work and if you have any questions or would like to discuss anything feel free to contact me.