The principles behind Pineapple’s Rock Shape Trainers are now pretty well established. The original “curved sole” fitness shoe was the MBT (Masai Barefoot Technology) shoe, which was developed by Karl Muller – a Swiss Engineer. Whilst he was walking barefoot in a rice field in Korea, he noticed that his back pain was much better.
He did some further research and found that the Masai tribesmen of Africa didn’t suffer from back pain. They were also noted for having excellent posture. Muller attributed this to the fact that they walked everywhere barefoot on relatively soft ground. He then developed the MBT range with its curved sole specifically to achieve the barefoot walking experience – with a gentle “rolling” motion of the foot – even on hard, urban surfaces.
Whilst his main goal was to alleviate back pain and reduce stress on the joints, it has been claimed that walking in this manner also means that the muscles are active for a longer period of time for each step thereby increasing the amount of work done and consequently giving you a lower body workout just by walking around as you would be doing anyway.
Whatever the claims we know that they are fun to walk in and that they certainly add a new dimension to walking – enjoy!