Nicholas Romanov
Nicholas Romanov: Athletic Expert
Dr. Nicholas S. Romanov was born May 25, 1951 in Novokuznetsk, Siberia, Russia to a single mother, Raisa Ivanovna Romanova. Several years later, the family moved to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski, Kamchatka Region and when Nicholas was 8, they settled in Kanash, Chuvash Republic. At the age of 23, Romanov graduated with honors from the faculty of Physical Education of Chuvash State Pedagogical University in Cheboksary and after spending one year in the Soviet Army service (1974-75), he continued his professional career at Chuvash Pedagogical University as a teacher of Track and Field and as a coach for the track and field team.

In 1979, he started his post graduate studies at the Central Scientific Research Institute of Physical Culture in Moscow in the laboratory of the renowned Soviet Union sport scientist and coach, Professor, Vladimir Mikhailovich Diachkov. After receiving his PhD in Physical Education from Russian Academy of Physical Culture and Sports in Moscow, Dr. Romanov advanced to become the Head of the Department of Sport Disciplines, Head Track and Field Coach, and senior lecturer of Sport Biomechanics, Theory and Practice of Physical Education and Sport Training, Theory and Practice of Track and Field.

In the mid-70s, long before coming to the United States, Romanov developed and successfully implemented with his athletes, the Pose Method®, which enhances efficiency and performance in running, jumping, and throwing (track and field), as well as in swimming, cycling, gymnastics, speed skating, cross-country skiing, and many other athletic events.

In the 1990s, America opened its doors to him, and with the requisite initial skepticism, saw the simplicity and ingenuity of the Russian scientist's idea. Gravity and its effects on all objects were discovered long ago, however, nobody ever applied it to running. No one spoke about the physics and mechanics of running movement in those terms. Dr. Romanov successfully showed the dependency of efficiency and performance on correct technique, which uses gravity, and a new era in running began.

In 1997, Dr. Romanov released his first educational video, The Pose Method® of Running, and in 2002 he published his first book, The Pose Method® of Running, which both became the first of this kind in the running field and international bestsellers. Dr. Romanov single-handedly changed the lives of many athletes around the world and brought about the most dramatic changes to the sport of running, forever changing the way running is looked upon.

Currently, Dr. Romanov conducts clinics and seminars all over the world in association with sports clubs, national governing bodies, and universities.

Dr. Romanov has worked with the members of national teams from four countries: United States, Great Britain, Russia and Mexico, taking the British Triathlon National Team to 2000 Olympics in Sydney and 2004 Olympics in Athens. He also served as a member of the USA Triathlon Coaching Committee from 1996 to 2002.

Scientific research supporting the Pose Method® has been conducted at the USA Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs (G. Dallam, 1998), Florida Atlantic University (C. Sol, 1999), Cape Town University, South Africa (T. Noakes, 2002), Kubansky State University, Russia (A. Pianzin, 2003) and Sheffield Hallam University, UK (G. Fletcher, 2005).

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    So you’re a runner and you want to know more. You want to be inspired, you want to be more knowledgeable, and you want to take on your first marathon. Fair enough. So where do we start?

    The best books on running come in two basic flavors: inspirational and technical. Both are necessary depending on whether you need the technical guidance on “how to run,” or whether you are looking for something to inspire your next workout. Given that statistically running is the most injury conducive, non-contact sport there is, there is no question that most runners need technical advice on running that goes beyond “one foot in front of the other.”

    Running is obviously not that simple, and I have devoted the better part of my professional sport science career to providing people with the technical guidance necessary to truly simplify running instruction and improve the way you run. My book, “Pose Method of Running” gives you the insight on how to optimize your running technique and eliminate injuries to perform your best.

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