Let’s face it: running is not a safe sport. But no one runs because they like to play it safe. Instead, running comes with some risks, but we still run because we’re passionate about it. Unfortunately, injury is one of the most common risks of running.

Running injuries are common, and you’ve probably had at least a few. If you’re like us here at Antepes (AN-TEEPS), you probably actively look for ways to prevent injury. Luckily, Antepes are a great tool to help with two methods of injury prevention: running form and muscle strengthening.

  • Running Form

Heel striking can transfer too much impact to your joints and can cause injuries. Midfoot running or forefoot running, on the other hand, can take the pressure off your joints, off certain bones, and off certain muscles by reducing the impact of each stride. Landing on your forefoot or midfoot allows your feet, legs, and upper body to distribute and gradually absorb the shock of impact from your running surface, reducing the risk to injury-prone areas such as the shin, knee, and hip. 

  • Muscle Strengthening

Even for those who don’t always strike on their midfoot or forefoot while running, training on your forefoot can strengthen underutilized muscles and contribute to injury prevention by strengthening essential muscles, such as the muscles that make up the calf and support the ankle. The American Sports and Fitness Association has said, “Strong calf muscles can help to absorb the impact forces generated during activities like running and jumping, reducing the stress placed on the lower leg and decreasing the risk of injuries such as shin splints, stress fractures, and Achilles tendonitis.”  

In an article entitled, “Strong Calf Muscles Will Make You Faster,” Runner’s World pointed out that the calf and ankle muscles are often overlooked but are some of the most important muscles for running. The article referenced Paul DeVita, Ph.D., the director of Biomechanics Laboratory at East Carolina University, who said that muscles that make up most of the calf are responsible for the majority of that “final push” a runner needs to propel upward and forward. The article continued, “that thrust partially determines your pace and stride length. Which means ignoring those muscles can slow you down, and worse, contribute to a higher risk of injury.”

The same Runner’s World article quoted a Finnish study that examined runners with a 3-D motion-capture system and found that “the overall effort required of the calf muscles was actually 25 percent greater than that of the quads,” which made calves “more prone to fatigue over a long run or race.” The article concluded, “Runners can slow down . . . muscle decline with exercise that improves calf function and their ability to produce force” and “it’s never too late to start showing those smaller muscles a hefty amount of love.” 

Like you, we’re in it for the long term. We don’t want to stop running because of an acute injury or a chronic problem, so we’re mindful and intentional about injury prevention. A study by the National Sporting Goods Association, cited by a perspective piece published by the Washington Post in 2019, written Professor Mark Hyman, found that only 6 percent of “regular runners” are ages 55 to 64, and less than 3 percent are 65 or older. One reason for that is injury. 

Here’s to staying injury free so we can continue doing what we love!

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Customer Reviews

Based on 28 reviews
Max Larsen


Todd Woods
Strength Shoes

An amazing product. Fantastic quality. Not really a fan of ordering online… but took a chance. Great customer service. The first shoe was a half size too big. Return was easy where I reordered the right size. Only recommendation is that you start slow. My son runs track and is using them for warmups right now. He said he definitely feels them working. Definitely a recommendation purchase

Charles Shedrick
Muscle recruiter

Promotes effective running form. Great training shoe. After consistently running in the muscle runner if I can feel the distinction in foot placement when running. I would equate it to a swimmer that can easily identify I poor stroke after mastering proper body alignment. I think this is important in terms of being able to properly address muscle imbalances or prevent future muscle imbalances that often develops in the occasional recreational runner. We can't stop the clock on our bodies, but we can slow the rate of degradation to our joints that often develop because of overuse and the lack of proper muscle recruitment. I think the shoe is a great addition to the toolkit of the recreational runner, seasoned athlete ( e.g., speed work), or morning walker ( e.g., proper muscle recruitment).

Ben Valentine

I'm not Ben but nice shoes

Floyd Grossett
Great shoes with a learning curve.

I got these for my son for track & field. He runs sprints and some middle distance. We also got these with an eye on strengthening his feet, ankles and calves for football. He plays corner.
So far he really likes them even with the added soreness to his calves during the break-in. They are helping him with his form for running as they force him to run on the balls of his feet. The overall fit and comfort are good but I needed to get him a half-size up so they last through the season. He’s in growth spurt at 15yrs old. All this is to say his heel slips slightly when he uses them for sled pushes on gym days. It’s not an extreme issue and does not affect him when he’s actually running.
I’m curious to see how a season of training in these will translate to the other sports he participates in. Our theory is to strengthen his base, will help him minimize injuries.