"To be sure, the fitness industry did not teach foot awareness until recently, despite the numerous claims that fitness starts from the feet up," says instructor Lawrence Biscontini, MA, winner of 19 major fitness awards since 2002.
Biscontini is internationally known for his blending of mindfulness techniques with many excercise methods. The recognition of barefoot fitness, and how icredibly effective it is, is still in its infancy,
despite seven years of exposure, he says.
"Many readers who worked as fitness professionals in the last century will recall male and female muscle diagrams where the feet were cut off from the illustrations, or were shown with shoes and no labels. Today’s take proves different,"
says Biscontini is an article he wrote for American Fitness Magazine's 2016 summer issue.
|Lawrence Biscontini, MA|
“Working with foot fascia is the new black,” says Krauss in Biscontini's recent article.
Far away in Hanoi, Vietnam, AFAA Fitness Instructor Yuri Rockit is also touting the benefits of barefoot fitness. He talks of the benefits of the well-known Vibrahm Fivefingers shoes. Krauss is also a Vessibrahm Advocate and is a direct representative of the product.
|Stacey Lei Krauss demos a Couger Lunge in a willPower & Grace fitness class|
Baring this in mind, fitness sans shoes doesn't mean getting rid of shoes altogether, and a good program can include a combo, says instructor Peter McCall of Mesa College in San Diego. So does Fabio Comana, Faculty Instructor for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)