New running technique could help soldiers pass fitness test


Lt. Col. Mae Miranda, chief of physical therapy at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and the Army’s physical therapy consultant for the region, invited MAJ Blake, the inspector general for U.S. Army Medical Command in San Antonio, to hold a Pose Method workshop for about 45 Army and Air Force physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and technicians, and fitness trainers from around Europe.


Mechanical efficiency leads to aerobic efficiency, which leads then to an overall (better) efficiency because I could recover faster and I could train more.


The goal of learning the Pose Method is for military physical therapists and fitness trainers to be able to help personnel reduce injury and increase speed when it comes to running. Some fitness experts in the Army swear by it, which partly explains why the technique is gaining a foothold in military circles. Such claims are appealing to the military, where injuries from running and fitness test failures from slow run times are costly and contribute to decreased readiness. About 60 to 66 percent of soldiers who report to sick call — the Army’s term for needing medical attention — have muscular-skeletal related injuries.

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The Pose Method of Running Training Course is now available online to all soldiers.

The Certified Running Technique Specialist credential exam now available online to all soldiers.



Members of all branches of the military have participated in the The Pose Method Running courses since 2008. On October 1, 2020 the updated US Army Holistic Health And Fitness Field Manual (FM 7-22) and Holistic Health And Fitness Drills And Exercises Army Techniques Publications (ATP 7-22.02) were published and they included the Pose Method as the method for the running skill program and running technique drills.

The Pose Method of Running training course and the Certified Running Technique Specialist credential are aligned with the Soldier Common Core (MOS) and P5 Master Fitness Trainer (ASI).