I grew up watching and reading Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto, and I’d be completely remiss if I didn’t admit that I did the “Naruto Run” at least once in my childhood convinced that it made me get from one place to another much faster.
Needless to say, I never really thought about questioning the legitimacy of the Naruto Run and just accepted it for what it is. But it doesn’t come as a surprise either that some guys would like to bust the “myth.”
YouTube channel Because Science, in particular, conducted an experiment with the help of Olympic Gold Medalist Jeneba Tarmoh to prove whether running like a ninja in Kishimoto’s world was actually effective.
As expected, it was proven that the Naruto Run made you much slower, no matter if you were a professional sprinter or not. Not only that, but Tarmoh also said that it could potentially be dangerous.
“It hurt and I was really tired, and I felt like I was more likely to get injured,” she told Because Science host Kyle Hill.
“You’re not going to get as much knee lift as you should be able to, and then with your arms not swinging you have absolutely no counterbalance, so you’re gonna increase the probability of you falling and scratching your face,” she added.
She also noted that mentally worrying about the probability of getting injured while in that position can also affect your speed.
While this isn’t to say that you should stop doing the Naruto Run, it would help to exercise caution when doing so. Safety first!
Watch the video here:
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