Helen-Hall Coaching & Injury Clinics by appointment
Early in the day, it’s a base from which Helen Hall operates her Efficient Run Coaching, Injury Clinic & CHEK Exercise Kinesiology businesses, with appointments being scheduled regularly at ‘silly o’clock’ to cater for those who then have to go on to work.
Then at 1000 hours on Wednesdays through to Saturdays, the doors open for customers to browse without appointment, shop and seek help. Being an Efficient Running Hub, Ten-Point is the only store in the UK to specialise in the ‘closest to barefoot’ footwear range, Vibram Fivefingers. So passionate that feet should be allowed to be – well – feet for at least some of every day, even if you don’t want to run in them, the Simulated Bare Foot shoes are the only footwear range Ten-Point offers.
Ten-Point, the hub of Efficient Running, is more comfortable accepting roughly 3 million years of evolution and natural selection, and would rather not interfere with the innate strength of feet and ankles. More than 26 bones, 33 joints (20 of which are actively articulated), and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments, make for a complex mechanical structure that modern man still hasn’t fathomed how to replicate. Man can rebuild many things now – but new feet are still on the ‘to do’ list.
As Efficient/Barefoot/Natural Runners ourselves (call it what you will – it all amounts to the same in the end), we have a wealth of running experience within our team and provide technical and practical advice on how to safely transition from a heel strike to a more natural running gait.
Along with the actual mechanics of improving running form, there are soft tissue adaptations that require understanding and patience, and we can help you to master the calf-conditioning journey that so many ignore – at their cost.
For more clarity on why you might want to ‘give it a go’, pop the kettle on (you’ll be there a while) and read the Barefooting article or the briefer 10 Top Tips for Feet article.
Bike Fitting, Bike Building & Bike Servicing by appointment
At 1400 hrs on Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays the store shuts to shoppers and re-opens as a bike-fitting studio, where the focus remains on biomechanics and the understanding of how the body best works atop the geometries of road and tri bikes. Ten-Point is the only UK store to hold the Slowtwitch F.I.S.T. Road and Tri bike fitting certifications.
Unlike every other bike fitting system which fits the person to the bike, the key here is to work with the cyclist to find the position he or she finds most comfortable and make the bike fit to that shape. It’s often a really insight journey for the fittee, being able to compare ‘this position’ to ‘that position’ in a matter of moments and to feel their way into a better, more comfortable, more sustainable, more efficient and arguably, more powerful cycling position.
Following the F.I.S.T. Road or Tri bike fit, the fit co-ordinates generated can either be used to adjust an existing bike, or build a new one in our workshop, which uses all the latest equipment, gadgets and know-how.
As well as bike fitting and bike building, we also offer bike servicing on road, tri and mountain bikes. If modern-day tools can fix your bike, we can help.
The Team Spirit of the BlackFish
Several evenings a week, plus pre-opening on a Saturday, sees Ten-Point morph into yet another character …the Home of the BlackFish. The BlackFish is an official British Triathlon Federation registered tri team, and being a team created for the community, is free to join. We simply encourage participation in any or all of the sports, to whatever level. 2013 saw +30 BlackFish off to Ironman Frankfurt, which for many was their first foray into long distance triathlon. The link above will take you to the information you need to join in the fun and general camaraderie.
So, welcome to Ten-Point. We look forward to helping you.