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.