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3 Oct

Mark’s Beach Sprints

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

    Crystal wrote on October 3rd, 2007
  2. 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.


    tatsujin wrote on October 3rd, 2007
  3. 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.

    Abraham wrote on October 3rd, 2007
  4. I love the foot-wear! Also, looking good Mark!!

    Sue wrote on October 3rd, 2007
  5. Would someone be so kind as to put up a link where the shoes can be purchased. Thank you.

    Terrence wrote on October 3rd, 2007
  6. Sara wrote on October 3rd, 2007
  7. Thank you Sara.

    Terrence wrote on October 3rd, 2007
  8. 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.

    Dave C. wrote on October 3rd, 2007
  9. Thanks everyone. Try it out if you can (no beach necessary).

    Mark Sisson wrote on October 4th, 2007
  10. 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.

    Sonagi wrote on October 4th, 2007
  11. 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. keep your elbows down and let your cheeks bounce.

    bubba p. wrote on October 5th, 2007
  12. Am I crazy, or have you mentioned having grown children? Surely you are not old enough!! 😉

    Heather wrote on October 5th, 2007
  13. That is a great video Mark. Great body too – it is obvious you practise what you preach.

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

    These videos are great – please keep posting!

    Chris wrote on October 6th, 2007
  14. 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!

    Nathan wrote on October 9th, 2007
  15. Here is an interesting article that covers this area;

    Shaun wrote on January 15th, 2008
  16. Nice footwear Mark.

    Hone wrote on January 26th, 2008
  17. Love the music! (Get Innocuous by LCD Soundsystem)

    Matthew Jarsky wrote on August 1st, 2008
  18. 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!

    Charlotte wrote on September 7th, 2008
    • Stretch your calves and hip flexors.

      Bob Garon wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  19. blah you can suck my balls!!!!!!!!! but i dont have any!!!!@!!!!!

    pooky wrote on September 18th, 2008

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