The willPower Method® | Leg Press Heels Up

If you’re “new” to training your feet (less than 1 year), then consider this: for the past 10 or 15, or 25 years, you had you feet “cast” in a shoe (stability, cushioning and motion control).  During those “dormant years” you  gave your feet very few opportunities to  move, bend, or stretch. In that time your foot muscles atrophied, and your joints became stiff and unstable. Don’t worry! You can re-train them (you have the technology!) This training needs to be intentional – and constant.

If you’re a veteran to barefoot running, minimal running, or even just minimal shoe wear, you KNOW the importance of a proper foot warm-up. Increasing circulation and mobility in the foot/ankle complex is critical to a successful (and injury-free) minimal or barefoot workout.

As athletes (people who move their bodies in a strong and regular manner) we’ve know the importance of warm-ups, in general. Circulation, mobility, movement rehearsal and mental preparation are amongst the many benefits. An important rule that I’ve learned: an honest warm-up can be the differential between an amazing workout and a painful workout. (I prefer to be passionately and happily drenched in sweat).

This video shows one of my favorite foot warm-ups when I’m in the weight room. I typically do a one minute set and complete about 30 reps. Experiment to find the resistance that works well for you. Remember: it’s a warm-up! (low and slow) Give it a shot… you’ll never know how it feels until you try.

Stacey Lei Krauss

Stacey Lei Krauss

Stacey Lei Krauss is the creator and developer of the globally recognized barefoot cardio fusion program, The willPower Method®. Specializing in foot-fitness since 2000, she helps people understand why and how to develop healthy, fit bodies, from the ground up. Reiki practitioner and student of transformational arts, she's a mover, writer, traveler, and general truth-seeker. Recipient of the 2014 ECA Best Female Presenter Award, she's the Mindful Music Advisor for Power Music® and has programmed educational courses and workouts for Nike , Vibram FiveFingers®, BOSU®, Schwinn® Cycling, and Peak Pilates® .


  1. Dee
    Saturday, April 20th, 2013 at 2:07 pm ·

    Cannot get this video to work on my Mac. Interesting web site though. I will keep reading!

  2. Kim Harring
    Saturday, September 29th, 2012 at 7:04 am ·

    “When shoes are doing the work, tendons stiffen and muscles shrivel. Feet live for a fight and thrive under pressure; let them laze around and they’ll collapse. Work them out and they’ll arc up like a rainbow”
    Quote from the book -“Born to Run”