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Tips for Walking in MBT Shoes

You Asked: Do I Need an MBT Class?

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Hey Fit,
I ordered some MBTs, love the extra discount. Thanks! O love the shoes too. But the info packet that came with the shoes says I need to take a class. Is that for real?
MBT Mary

Good question. While I am usually all for checking out classes, finding MBT classes can be difficult outside of NYC, LA and San Francisco. Plus they are not all that necessary. You do, however, need to acclimate the shoes.

To see what discount Mary is talking about and to see what I usually do when clients come to a Pilates session with a new pair or MBTs,

  • Find the roll bar that makes the shoe so unique. Rock back and forth on it until you become familiar with the sensation of being slightly unstable and where the roll bar is on your foot.
  • Step forward onto the roll bar of your front foot while staying on the roll bar on the back foot. Look down and you should notice that your stance is not that wide. This is a good thing; walking on the MBTs teaches you to take smaller strides so your torso can stay over your pelvis.
  • Now walk around stepping onto the roll bar with a bent knee and pushing off the back leg with a straight knee. Feel the back of the leg pushing your pelvis forward through space.
  • One helpful image is to imagine you are walking on a treadmill. To move forward you need to pull the conveyor belt behind you using the back of your leg. This image helps to engage the back of the leg!
  • If you don’t have MBTs but now your curiosity is piqued check out this post: Why I Heart My MBTs. If you are looking to buy a pair you can get an extra $20 off any discontinued pair. For more details check out Discontinued, Discounted MBTs Even Less With FitSugar Coupon.

    Happy walking!


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