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Go Barefoot, Or Go Home?

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ellenberg@condenast.com.

When running, where exactly should I be falling on my feet? Is there any validity to all those barefoot running sneakers that reportedly help train you to run more ergonomically?

There’s a lot to be said about [running] form—many articles have been written [on the subject]—because people’s feet vary whether they point inward, outward or straight. I land striking down mid-foot and I don’t change the way my feet point—it’s more important that my knees are naturally forward. It’s also key to not bounce—I glide—looking straight ahead, shoulders back, chest up, back straight, stride open, hands relaxed, eyebrows and jaw relaxed. Runners sneaker stores, like Phidippides in Encino, CA, [have] you run in the parking lot and they help you find the right sneaker for your feet. I have not used the barefoot running sneakers (yet) but the few people I know who take classes while wearing them swear by them.

As the director of curriculum and founder of Barry’s Bootcamp, Barry Jay has been sculpting some of the best bodies in the biz since launching his revolutionary exercise concept in West Hollywood, Calif., in 1998. Billed as “an efficient and fun workout in a nightclub party environment,” the combination of interval cardiovascular routines and strength training has spawned an international movement—and eight locations worldwide.

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