#360fit: Running tips with Qatari high jump star Mutaz Essa Barshim

Sport360 staff 15:45 06/03/2016
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  • Mutaz Barshim: Qatari high jump sensation.

    Qatari high jump star Mutaz Essa Barshim, who wears the new Nike Lunar Epic FlyKnit, discusses the revolutionary mid-height collar design and tooling system behind the trainer, as well as shares his top running tips and fitness advice.

    What do you think of the Nike Lunar Epic Flyknit?

    I have worn a lot of shoes in the past but never have I come across a shoe that feels like an extension of my body. It’s the perfect balance of a hard & soft exterior; giving me the right support and stability I need for my runs. More importantly, this shoe is incredibly light. The lightweight feature of the shoes allows me to run faster with minimal effort. It’s truly revolutionary.


    What did you think of the ‘mid-height collar’ feature of the shoe?
    This is probably one of my favorite features of the shoe. The mid-height collar reaches all the way up to my ankles and makes me feel like the shoe is a part of my body. You don’t even have to tighten the laces as the shoe slips into your foot so easily.

    What surprised you the most about this shoe?
    The stability of the shoes surprised me the most. When I first held the shoes, I was taken aback by how light it was. I thought light meant lack of support. However once I tried them on, I realized that the mid-height collar feature of the shoes is what gives it the stability. This feature gave my feet and ankles just the right amount of cushioning I needed for my runs.

    What do you think makes for an epic run?
    Comfort is essential to ensure you run your best. If you’re comfortable, you’re more likely to push your limits and continue to stay motivated and focused.

    How often do you run?
    I run every day. It’s a part of who I am. On a daily basis, I run three kilometers. However when I am in training mode, I easily run up to 10 kilometers per day.

    How can you make running effortless?
    It’s all about the mechanical movements. For instance, when you push a tire, it continues to move for a long time without support. That’s what your body should aim to imitate. Running should make you feel like you’re floating. It should feel effortless.

    The LunarEpic Flyknit is available in Nike stores starting March 3rd at the price 879 AED. The residents of KSA and UAE can buy the shoes from NIKE.COM starting this March.