For the most part, the technique seems to be widely accepted. Some people have minor quibbles with it, but almost everything I've read indicates that most “experts” agree that the technique is basically sound. Good news for the running community, at least runners can be reassured that if they learn Pose Running Technique it's not going to be a waist of time and effort.
The Training Methods:
There is more criticism of the training methods. In my opinion, this has a lot to do with the fact that people have different styles of learning. Pose training relies heavily on two methods of teaching, drills for practice, physical development and tactile feedback, and video for visual feedback. In my experience, most people respond much better to the visual feedback, as long as they understand what to look for while analyzing the video.
There is much more criticism of the underlying theory of Pose Running. Some of the criticism seems to be more personal than scientific, but there are critics out there who have made some very good points. So who's correct? I don't know. I'll leave it to the scientific process to shake out the best theoretical model for running. Obviously I'm biased towards Pose Theory, but I'm not going to turn it into a religion.
One of the Detractors:
I've come across an interesting blog by someone who is critical of Pose theory. Here is the link - Canute's Efficient Running Site. This guy is definitely very smart and has done his homework. I'm very impressed with level detail in his arguments. Unfortunately, I have not had time enough to completely study his hypothesis, and the supporting studies. As a result, I don't know how much merit his arguments have. Even if they are well founded, I'm not in position to determine how well his ideas and/or Dr. Romanov's will continue to predict the results of new research
There are some things about this blog I don't like.
- First, as far as I can tell, he never identifies who he is, or what his background and his credentials might be. I don't know if he has a Ph.D. in Biomechanics or if he is just a talented amateur. Not that his identity and credentials would support or detract from his hypothesis, I just don't like the fact that he is anonymously attacking someone else's work.
- Second, my exchanges with him have been rather unsatisfying. When I have asked him to elaborate on some of his statements, I don’t get much of a response. He’s very happy to restate what he said before, and respond to opinions, but it is hard to get him to explain things in more detail. This may be due to us having different styles of communication, and him not understanding what I was looking for in his answers, so I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.