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Running Like a Monkey Is Serious Business

Running Like a Monkey Is Serious Business
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Japanese monkey aficionado Kenichi Ito’s affection for the animal made him develop a four-legged running style based on the African Patas monkey.

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3:58AM PDT on May 6, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

7:11AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Thanks.

11:44PM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

Human see, human do.

6:42PM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

interesting, but it cant be entirely good on back muscles? Also, we evolved into upright walking creatures for a reason... why revert back?

5:15PM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

Huh? This guy doesn't look like a monkey. George Bush---now he kind of looks like a monkey...

2:51PM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

I did this a lot as a child, I was always fascinated by the way four-legged animals move and just had to try it out. Got funny looks in the playground but the other kids soon got used to it. Yes, Sue H, I wasn't that bothered at being thought weird... Very hard on the quad muscles I can tell you. Probably was good preparation for my later success in cycle racing!

My gait was nowhere near as graceful as Ito's, despite I didn't run with my bottom up in the air like he does. I also used to gallop on all fours using short sticks in my hands to extend my front limbs. I've always felt I'd like to experiment further with that, as I think it's quite likely that someone who practised from childhood could run faster that way than on two legs... after all, who runs faster, you or your dog?

11:05AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

good

9:14AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

Well, everyone needs a hobby, I guess. If he's happy, why not.

8:44AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

Thanks

8:22AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

great :-)

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