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Gravel Bucket

I made a gravel bucket.  I have heard that people use them in the barefoot running world for conditioning and I was very skeptical of them.  So I made one out of pure curiosity.  Let’s get straight to the point, if you want conditioned soles for barefoot running get outdoors and run barefoot!  Expose your feet to all different types of terrains, temperatures, and textures of the earth.

Now that winter is slowly upon us Mother Nature will make me resort to footwear here and there, but I am still going strong with barefoot running into the first week of December. Plus I always run barefoot at least once a week outside during winter no matter what the temps are or the condition.  So what’s the point of the gravel bucket?  To stimulate and maintain conditioning of the soles.  Will you get the same conditioning like you get running barefoot on streets, trails, gravel paths, and so on?  Probably not but it can have it’s benefits.  A gravel bucket is also a great way to message and activate the trigger points in your feet. Our feet have trigger points within them that are attributed to different organs in the body.

A gravel bucket is easy and cheap to make.   I bought a bin from Wal-Mart that cost $5.

You can either buy rocks, or I just salvaged some from a local trail.   The size and texture of the rocks all depends on your tolerance, for a beginner I would suggest going with smaller smoother stones.  Then just fill your bin.

Now you have a Gravel Bucket. I am short on rocks I still need more to fill in the gaps.

Now stand in the bin and march, jump, hop on one foot, do some 100 ups, or whatever your heart desires.



4 thoughts on “Gravel Bucket

  1. So… I guess it hasnt been long enough to tell if its made a difference yet or not has it? Keep us updated on this, Im somewhat interested.

    Posted by Chaser Williams | December 6, 2011, 8:36 AM
  2. Nice. I have heard the term “gravel bucket”, but thought maybe it was a joke. I might try that come January, when everything is covered with snow.

    I find that running on the paved roads doesn’t condition my feet as well as the trails and dirt roads. It just works the part that hits the road, whereas the trail gets more surfaces. So once the dirt is covered with snow this might be worth trying.

    I’ll have to deal with my family laughing at me though.

    Posted by jogoflap | December 6, 2011, 2:26 PM
    • I really just did it out of experimenting, my take is the same as yours when I first heard about it. It’s definitely not full proof, like I said in my post you need to get outdoors to experience some true barefoot conditioning. I thought it would be a fun and interesting thing to do, and post about it.

      Posted by Barefoot Gentile | December 6, 2011, 8:21 PM

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