Running technique coaching for performance, injury prevention and enjoyment.
The Balanced Runner philosophy focuses on key cues and small changes to technique over time to get you running faster, while using less energy. The focus is on making sure the whole body is in balance and alignment to get the most forward propulsion with the least amount of excess movement. This is achieved through a series of easy to understand cues which give immediate benefit, and can be further refined and worked on over time.
The best way to understand the benefits of this approach is to give it a try! Sessions are one-on-one, with cues and techniques adapted specifically for your running style.
The Balanced Runner is headed in Melbourne by Paul Mackinnon, who lived a sporting life as a semi-professional hockey player for 15 years playing in Australia and Europe, allowing him access to high performance programs, athletes and coaches around the world. Since retiring he has developed The Balanced Runner coaching business to help athletes, utilising the philosophy that was developed largely by Lex Anderson in Canberra and further refined by Paul over the past 5 years practising as a professional running technique coach.
Paul regularly travels to Queensland to conduct sessions, as well as being able to conduct interstate or overseas sessions via FaceTime or Skype, so even if you aren’t in Melbourne and you are interested in improving your running technique, contact Paul here.
Check out more articles, podcast appearances and running technique tips:
I would implore all runners next time they are running on a ‘loose’ or wet surface, to listen to their feet and their ground contact, find out what you should be listening for.
VIDEO: Watch the Triathlon Victoria Performance Centre series, where Paul joined a host of other high-level coaches to discuss various aspects of performance running.
PODCAST: Paul joins Julian Spence on the Inside Running Podcast for a chat about all things running and running technique coaching.
PODCAST: Paul was featured on the Athlete’s Garage by the Motion Mechanic to discuss everything about running technique.
VIDEO: Paul joins the team from METS Performance consulting to discuss running technique and the potential impact it has on performance for all athletes.
PODCAST: Listen to Paul’s interview with Triathlon Taren featuring an online assessment of his form.
PODCAST: A laid back chat about life and running with Pete and Nathan from Runner Chats. Ranging from everything from hockey to Run the Bay Relay and a little bit of running technique.
ARTICLE: Check out the interview with Australian Triathlon Magazine about the Balanced Runner philosophy, background, and helping runners to improve.
ARTICLE: ‘My first intro to Running Technique’ – from a Spoonful of Sarah on her first session with Paul.
ARTICLE: This article was originally featured in Body + Soul as part of the lead up to Run Melbourne.
ARTICLE: Paul spoke to Men’s Fitness Magazine to give some tips on how to get from the couch to a half marathon.