West Kildonan resident Clyde VanCaeyzeele points to the high-resolution, 3D image of a runner — a fellow named Paul, in mid-stride — on the screen of his laptop computer.
He is analyzing his client’s running form, frame by frame, in a slow motion video he had shot in Kildonan Park two days earlier.
"He’s reaching out a little bit too far," says VanCaeyzeele, a well known marathon runner, who operates Glide like Clyde — a personalized consultation business to help people improve their running and overall fitness.
"It’s called pawing. There’s a little bit of a heel strike. He should have a bit more body line, so that when he plants his foot it will be closer to his centre of gravity. I have seen a lot of this (over the years). He might be able to correct it."
Personal trainer Paul Dyck, who operates Creative Conditioning, says he and VanCaeyzeele are planning to work together on a running program to be run out of Dyck’s facility in East Kildonan.
"I think it is good that Clyde is using his knowledge and experience to teach other people to run efficiently, and not just log miles and risk injury," Dyck says.
VanCaeyzeele, 56, recently retired after many years working in social services, says children have the most natural running form.
"You watch a 10-year-old run, and they have just the most beautiful form — a nice body lean and good knee lift," he adds.
"They’re running on their mid-foot. As we get older, our lifestyle becomes more sedentary."
VanCaeyzeele claims that this leads to an improper running style — one that can cause injuries to a runner’s body.
He blames much of this on the wearing of modern, thick-soled running shoes.
"The shoe companies are in the business of selling shoes," says VanCaeyzeele, who was a multi-sport athlete at Sisler High School and a CIS basketball player at both Brandon University and the University of Winnipeg.
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Martin Zeilig is a community correspondent for the North End. You can contact him at email@example.com