All About Minimalist Running: Rafi Salazar on The MOVEMENT Movement Podcast
The Movement Movement Podcast

You’ve probably seen our posts and articles on The Natural Runner and transitioning to minimalist footwear. I was recently interviewed by Steven Sashen on The MOVEMENT Movement Podcast. It was a great experience! We talked about how to enjoy natural running in 8 weeks.

The MOVEMENT Movement features some of the brightest thought leaders in natural movement who dispel myths, confusion, and sometimes outright lies about how people should move their bodies during different activities such as running and yoga. I was fortunate enough to be a guest on the show. I found the experience to be both exciting and enriching. Mr. Sashen is passionate about what he does!

Here are just a few of the topics we covered on The MOVEMENT Movement Podcast:

  • How barefoot running doesn’t cause people to have more injuries.
  • Why adding support and cushioning to shoes creates more problems than it solves.
  • How getting the sensory input of walking informs your movement patterns.
  • Why there is a connection between the footwear you choose and the function of your feet.
  • How immobilizing your feet leads to intrinsic muscle wasting.

Check out the video interview


We break down some of the details behind our 7-day Workout Week for Minimalist Running. We discuss the Core 4 Foot Exercises. And we talk about motor patterns, endurance, strength training, and cross training as a minimalist runner. We also talk about common running injuries like knee pain, back pain, and how to prevent & treat those injuries.


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Rafi Salazar OT

Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L (Rafi) is the CEO & President of Proactive Rehabilitation & Wellness, as well as the Principal Owner of Rehab U Practice Solutions and the host of The Better Outcomes Show. Rafi’s career trajectory includes 10+ years of experience in healthcare management, clinical operations, programmatic development, marketing & business development. He even spent some time as an Assistant Professor in a Graduate Program of Occupational Therapy and has served on numerous boards and regulatory committees. Today, Rafi helps innovative healthcare companies humanize healthcare through his consulting workHe also leverages his experience as a professor and academic to speak and train on the topics around humanizing the healthcare experience.

Rafi also authored the book Better Outcomes: A Guide to Humanizing Healthcare