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October 03, 2007

Mark’s Beach Sprints

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Crystal
Crystal
8 years 11 months ago

I just got on the floor and did the stretch. I want to try the shoes.

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tatsujin
8 years 11 months ago

Thank you Mark!!!!!!
I sprint on the beach, and have never heard of these five fingers. I just ordered a pair. 😉
I used the nike free model for a while but they did not last and did not feel right somehow.
So went back to barefoot. My cut up feet thank you in advance.

T.

Abraham
8 years 11 months ago

Fun to watch video! I normally do about 5 to 6 sprints like that as well.

I’ve been using the five fingers for about 2 months. My feet must have changed size. My feet seem wider now as my existing shoes don’t fit anymore. Also, walking gate changed (walk on balls of feet). I have worn them around town and people really stare…even in San Francisco. People at work always ask me to wear them.

Sue
Sue
8 years 11 months ago

I love the foot-wear! Also, looking good Mark!!

Terrence
Terrence
8 years 11 months ago

Would someone be so kind as to put up a link where the shoes can be purchased. Thank you.

Sara
8 years 11 months ago
Terrence
Terrence
8 years 11 months ago

Thank you Sara.

Dave C.
Dave C.
8 years 11 months ago

Ole Grok sure never had six-pack abs walking the plains!! 🙂 Lookin good, Mark!

I’ve practiced that squat lots of times on my visits to Thailand; however, it had more to do with the type of plumbing facilities in my wife’s rural village rather than relaxing.

I live about 10 minutes from the beach but I normally only go to practice with my sand wedge. This sounds like a healthier option.

Mark Sisson
8 years 11 months ago

Thanks everyone. Try it out if you can (no beach necessary).

Sonagi
Sonagi
8 years 11 months ago

Woo-hoo, watching you sprint on the sand is much sexier than the Baywatch opening credits. You are so right about those squats. Maybe it’s ’cause I’m a heterosexual gal, but I much prefer to watch your abs ripple than see silicone bags bob up and down.

While living in Korea, I’d see senior citizens down on their haunches while waiting for a bus or just relaxing in a park. I wasn’t much of a squatter, but I did spent a lot of time sitting down and getting up off the floor.

bubba p.
bubba p.
8 years 11 months ago
great stuff. i can’t remember where i read it but there was a statement that went something like this “one reason why adults get fat is when they were kids they would run and when they became adults the started to jog.” that statement alone got me out sprinting again. i wish i had a beach to run on. that looked like fun with those shoes. some advice though. try to relax when you sprint. a lot of people get tight and strained in their shoulders, neck, and face. it slow them down and causes undo stress on those muscles.… Read more »
Heather
Heather
8 years 11 months ago

Am I crazy, or have you mentioned having grown children? Surely you are not old enough!! 😉

Chris
8 years 11 months ago

That is a great video Mark. Great body too – it is obvious you practise what you preach.

I’ve posted the video on my hillfit.com pages to demonstrate what interval training looks like:

http://hillfit.blogspot.com/2007/10/interval-sprinting.html

These videos are great – please keep posting!

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[…] of your fitness level: the wide-legged squat. I vlogged about this last week, so check out my beach sprint video to see how to do it. This very natural stretch is practiced all over the world by many cultures. […]

Nathan
8 years 11 months ago

I loved this video so much I posted the link to this site on my blog. The stretch is so simple and so true (I can’t do it by the way). Great stuff, keep it coming!

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[…] have to mean – and shouldn’t mean – wrinkles, broken hips, weakness, and disease. Far from it. There’s no reason you can’t be as lean, strong, and energetic at 50, 60, 70, and even […]

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[…] out my sprinting on the beach video to see how I go about it. But there’s more than one way to work in a sprint. Here are several […]

Shaun
Shaun
8 years 8 months ago

Here is an interesting article that covers this area;
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http://www.easyvigour.net.nz/fitness/h_gluteus_maxintro.htm

Hone
8 years 7 months ago

Nice footwear Mark.

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[…] running sprints are one option, but we presented several others last month for your perusal. Put your all into it […]

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[…] nerve, remember) I felt like I was recovering fairly quickly – to the point of even resuming my beach sprints in early December. As everything was on track, I decided to go snowboarding six days in Aspen over […]

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[…] nerve, remember) I felt like I was recovering fairly quickly – to the point of even resuming my beach sprints in early December. As everything was on track, I decided to go snowboarding six days in Aspen over […]

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[…] coming off a three month rehab from knee surgery. I’m about 95% healed now and can even do my “Indigenous Peoples Stretch” (a full unloaded squat) – a sure sign that all is well. Throughout this time, I have […]

Matthew Jarsky
8 years 1 month ago

Love the music! (Get Innocuous by LCD Soundsystem)

Charlotte
Charlotte
8 years 18 days ago

Thanks for this great video! But.. help! Am I the only one who can’t do this fantastic stretch? My ankles don’t seem to want to let me. In order to do this stretch, I either need to 1) point my toes way out to the sides or 2) lift my heels off the floor. Does anyone have advice for me please? Thank you!

Also.. those shoes are fabulous! They go on my wishlist!

Bob Garon
7 years 1 month ago

Stretch your calves and hip flexors.

pooky
pooky
8 years 6 days ago

blah you can suck my balls!!!!!!!!! but i dont have any!!!!@!!!!!

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[…] the development of functional strength and fitness through Primal exercises. Lifting heavy weights, running intense sprints, and incorporating constant, steady movement into your day mimic the activities of early man and […]

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7 years 11 months ago

[…] to get motivated? I recommend that you watch this, and then head to the gym ASAP. Beach sprints are brutal, but the simple stretch at the end will do […]

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[…] got to stop being tempted by cool workout stuff. It was recently Danskin and those neat little beach slippers, and now I’m tempted to get a new yoga mat duffle. I mean, look at […]

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[…] It was r­ec­en­tly Da­n­s­kin­ a­nd tho­se­ n­eat l­i­ttl­e beac­h sl­i­pper­s, an­d­ n­o­w­ I­’m t­empt­ed­ t­o­ […]

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7 years 9 months ago

[…] many MDA readers in their sixties, seventies or eighties might not be up for the plyometric and sprint routines we suggest. (We’ve gotten and appreciated your emails to this effect.) Though our suggestions for […]

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[…] Barefoot beach sprints. I ran 80-100 miles a week for years, but I feel more like a true runner just doing one set of […]

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7 years 8 months ago

[…] surprise to anyone who’s ever done burpees to exhaustion, or followed a CrossFit WOD, or run beach sprints (wink). Many fitness buffs undoubtedly suspected that killing yourself in short bursts of speed was […]

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[…] Additional sprinting information courtesy Mark’s Daily Apple: MDA on Tabata Sprints Mark’s Beach Sprints […]

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[…] be over relatively quickly and you will feel incredible after. Lifting heavy weights is great, and sprints are crucial, but there’s something about “destroying” your body with a series of […]

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[…] desirable lean mass. If she decides to do some walking, a few brief intense weight sessions and a sprint day here and there, that process would accelerate greatly. If she gets to a point where she’s […]

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[…] Beach Sprints in FiveFingers […]

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[…] has always talked about his affection for the beach sprint (or any type of sprint) as a quick, intense, effective cardio workout in line with the type of […]

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[…] surprise to anyone who’s ever done burpees to exhaustion, or followed a CrossFit WOD, or run beach sprints (wink). Many fitness buffs undoubtedly suspected that killing yourself in short bursts of speed was […]

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[…] Mark’s Beach Sprints Video […]

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7 years 2 months ago

[…] Mark’s Beach Sprints […]

A. Jacobs
A. Jacobs
7 years 2 months ago

The “indigenous people’s stretch” is one the best practices to prepare for childbirth. I practiced it before all three of my births and all three were successful completely without medical intervention.

MamaGrok
6 years 7 months ago

You’ve got it! I’ve used it for four births so far – opens the pelvic outlet by 60%!

The secret to keeping your legs from going numb is to make sure your heels are *planted*. Flat. And to get there takes some time. Start with legs really wide, maybe in some heeled shoes. I used to practice while brushing my teeth (a convenient amount of time) till I could do it easily.

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[…] CNS will barely notice. If you want to get your CNS’ attention, pick up the intensity. Run some sprints or do some heavy lifting. When you do an exercise like the squat with a heavy weight, all hands are […]

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[…] CNS will barely notice. If you want to get your CNS’ attention, pick up the intensity. Run some sprints or do some heavy lifting. When you do an exercise like the squat with a heavy weight, all hands are […]

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[…] days) of that. Two days a week, I would do some kind of intense running intervals – see my beach sprints video for more info – but you could also do “stadium steps” where you sprint up […]

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[…] to poop. It’s a primer on squatting in general. Whether it’s heavy barbell squats, the Indigenous People’s Stretch, the bodyweight squat, the resting Grok squat, or the evacuation squat, squatting is a fundamental […]

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[…] and the explosiveness make for a lot of intensity, and I can add weight if I want to (if Monday’s sprint was especially rough, I’ll usually keep it strictly body weight). I’ll don’t eat before or […]

Bill
6 years 11 months ago

Hands-down, still my favorite stretch for several years. I’ll often spend a large portion of a staff meeting squatting like that instead of sitting in a chair.

Francois Gamache
Francois Gamache
6 years 11 months ago

Dont people think of you as a weirdo? hah

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[…] or fitness destination without compromising the integrity of the trip. It’s why I’m partial to sprints (because they work both the anaerobic and aerobic energy pathways in a short amount of time), […]

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