Read the success stories of runners who have worked with Paul both in-person and online. Athletes from all different levels who have reviewed The Balanced Runner based on their results from working with a running technique coach to make real changes to their technique and the way they move.
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The Balanced Runner Reviews
Paul has been an amazing guide for helping me break down the movements that my upper and lower body have been doing in my running. From the first session his unique cues immediatley reduced my upper shoulder rotation which helped me take pressure off my Achilles injury. Each session Paul has helped me build on the previous cues which has balanced up my arm swing and reduced my hip rotation. These new simple cues are saving me energy and time in each run and will prevent me from future injuries as well.
Olympian – 400m Runner
I first heard about Paul MacKinnon through an interview he did on the Inside Running Podcast. I thought it would be a good idea to tweek my running style so I reached out for a consultation.
My first coaching session was on March 5th, 2020 and I couldn’t believe the difference it made to my running.
Before the session I would feel pain in my legs and muscles within 200m of starting my run (especially on hard surfaces) and would have to grind out the rest of the run until I finished or was exhausted and had to walk.
I had put this pain down to my age (53) and the extra weight I had put on (23kg) since I stopped seriously competing 28 years ago. I had no idea it was all due to poor running form.
I started to see a difference of ease in my running during the coaching session and when Paul asked me to run again like I did before, the pain immediately came back to my legs.
The next day while implementing the new technique, I effortlessly ran 25 seconds per kilometer faster than I had done previously over 10km (over 4 minutes faster). During the next week I was also running up to 10km on road and concrete surfaces with no pain at all. This improvement has since stayed with me. I continued to use Paul’s technique until it became 2nd nature to me and still no pain in my legs.
I have since had 2 more sessions with Paul to further improve my running form, each time seeing improvements.Thanks Paul for the great work you do to help us become better runners.
Online Balanced Runner
I have been a “runner” since 1999 when I decided I did not want to get out of shape during the off seasons of my collegiate swimming career. Over time I developed a real love for running which grew stronger as I transitioned into triathlon and then into long distance triathlon. I never ran as a kid and certainly never had any coaching on form.
Running has always been my biggest limiter as a triathlete and I have always felt like the proverbial fish out of water while running. I always had the sense that I was “forcing” it and expending more energy than I should. During Summer 2018 I heard “The Balanced Runner” on the Triathlon Taren Podcast and loved what he had to say and his methodology. After seeing Taren’s successful run at Challenge Roth I decided to contact Paul and see if he could take me to the next level.
From the jump, Paul broke down running form in a way that is easily digestible and fun. His method of focusing incremental change has resulted in steady improvements over the last few months. I visit with Paul via WhatsApp video chat every 4-5 weeks and we focus on one or two small cues to focus on for the next few weeks. I honestly can’t believe the results. Every week I feel more and more like a runner. With each week I feel like I am unlocking some kind of hidden skillset I never knew I had. When I look at video of myself over the last few months the transformation is evident and substantial.
With all the insane money I spend on Ironman races, the money spent for my sessions with Paul is by far the best investment I have made in my athletic life for years. I can’t thank Paul enough and I can’t wait to keep working with him. Running is fun again and I feel like I am just scratching the surface!
Online Balanced Runner
Amazing coach. Really corrected my technique and made me enjoy running again. Highly recommend Paul to anyone interested in improving their running form!
Runner & plant-based nutrition coach
Paul was brilliant to work with, he pushed me to my limits and made valuable improvements to my running technique that I felt immediately.
CrossFit Games Competitor
I had always endured pain through my hips and knees when I ran for as long as a remembered. After one session with Paul, not only was I running pain free, I was also running CONSIDERABLY faster.
I can’t recommend him highly enough!
I had a great training session with Paul. He’s an amazing coach and really individualises his coaching for the runner he’s working with. I’ve seen massive improvement in my running technique and pace since starting weekly sessions with Paul. He’s the kind of coach who gets the most out of his athletes by guiding them to finding the answer themselves so it really sticks. Melbourne, we’re lucky to have him.
For 20 years I thought I had tried everything to be able to run again. I had back surgery, gained knowledge as an exercise physiologist and had the selfless support of amazing professionals in the injury prevention space. I couldn’t find a solution until I met Paul. At 36, I embarrassingly had teary eyes of disbelief in my first session with him. It was during one of Paul’s approaches where the impact forces I felt had almost completely dissolved when comparing old and new techniques. I am so privileged to have had his genuine, positive support and the support of an incredible running coach who referred me to him – Collis from Pulse.
While every runner is different, I can’t assure that Paul’s techniques will fix everyone, but I highly recommend that if you have persistent injuries, please do yourself a favour and tee up with Paul and give him a try. Paul (technique) and Collis (programming/sessions) have been incredibly complimentary to someone like me with injuries. I hope this message helps someone like me, so you don’t spend 20 wasted years looking elsewhere. That was a mission!
Thanks so much Paul, you are a legend man and deserve massive success!!
I had the pleasure of doing Paul’s workshops over a number of months and saw huge tangible results. After some 1 on 1 consults and group work, I was not only constantly beating my split times, but running became easier and more efficient. Paul is very committed to each athlete’s requirements and was even able to free up some of my back pain. Definitely worth checking out if you want to get the most out of your running.
I added this small but important change and noticed a difference instantly. This small change effected the way I ran drastically, and for once in my life, I felt light on my feet and running didn’t feel foreign anymore. To say that one change in arm swing made such a big difference may be hard to believe, but it was the way Paul made me aware of my body, that allowed for the change to happen so quickly. The best part was after a few more times going over some other little technique fixes, Paul got me to have a go at running with my old style. I lasted about 5 strides before i burst out in laughter. I literally felt like one of those wacky inflatable tube men out the front of used car dealerships. I was never going back.
Founder – Sweatr
The comparison of new way on the right after one session shows how quickly you can start the change process. This is by no means the finished product but instead a work in progress to allow Joelle to move freely and enjoy her running so much more.
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Old way/New way.
Old on the top. Wes has been having persistent lower legs injuries for a while now, he came to see if we could reduce some of the load going through them.
AT NO POINT do we focus on foot landing/strike throughout the session. These changes are all made from one cue focusing on the stimulus that is creating the movement patterns of the legs.
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Things to note outside of landing: – Left hip drop in old compared to stable hips in new (without doing clams nor glute exercises)
– Hip extension
– Height of foot through recovery due to additional flight time
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Courtesy of ashcowen94: After 10 years of running competitively I’ve never been able to build to more than 30km a week without having shin pain, I’ve had 6 operations in total and I was convinced I’d never run again only 12 months ago. After all of this I’ve finally figured out that I was a massive overstrider/heel striker (pic 2) Been working with @thebalancedrunner for a month now and can’t believe the difference, can’t wait to be back racing next month 🏃🏼
NEW Way – Bottom split screen
Break down and highlight of leg position upon landing. Also highlight of landing plays recovery phase leg position.
Kiran has been working towards this over the course of 6 months. This was in our most recent session.
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Shown here is the improvement in one session with Genevieve.
❌ At no point did we focus on landing
❌ Cue has no focus on knee lift/drive.
Old way on top and new way on bottom you see how much more extension and therefore flexion is occurring at the hip. This all effects the movements and patterns below. Whilst there is still room for improvement, after one session Genevieve couldn’t feel the load going into her shins anywhere near as much anymore. Slow motion in this video.