The Running Mechanics Founder

Derek Hansen is the founder of ‘Running Mechanics’ and has spent the last 20 years working with athletes of all ages on how to run effectively.  Derek’s research into the area of running technique has closely examined how running has been taught and carried out over the last 60 years.  The basics of running technique have not changed much in that span of time, but the way we examine and evaluate running technique has been advanced by technology and computer analysis.  Derek has merged the fundamental methods used over many decades by top coaches with technological tools to better teach good running technique. 

With some very simple, concise instruction, you can improve your running technique in a very short time.  Derek Hansen’s ‘Running Mechanics’ program can guide you through the steps needed to achieve proper posture, stride mechanics and general strength to achieve efficient running technique. 

Derek has coached track and field athletes for the last 20 years, and has provided running technique instructions to athletes from all sports over the last 15 years.  His sprint athletes have been among the best in British Columbia and Canada for the past five years.  Additionally, many of the team sports athletes Derek has worked with have excelled in the areas of speed and movement efficiency at the Olympic and professional levels.  When not coaching, Derek is instructing at the National Coaching Institute of British Columbia in the areas of Physical Preparation, Recovery & Regeneration and Sport Biomechanics.




“If I were starting a new training business or starting with a new professional team, Derek Hansen would be the first person I would hire. Derek combines the knowledge of sprinting and speed development with the ability of how to combine it for team sports – which is the most important quality for any sport.”

  • Al Vermeil – Former Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Chicago Bulls of the NBA. Coach Vermeil has six NBA championship rings, as well as a Super Bowl ring as the strength coach for the San Franciso 49’ers, making him the most successful strength coach in professional sports. Al also has experience working in Major League Baseball.

    To listen to an audio excerpt from an interview with Coach Al Vermeil – click here.



    “Derek Hansen is one of the most outstanding trainers I have ever worked with. His knowledge and skills as a speed-strength coach are exceptional. Time and time again he has proved to be an excellent resource for me and has undoubtedly made a significant impact in increasing my performance.”

  • Adam Braidwood – 2006 CFL Number One Draft Pick, Starting Defensive End for the Edmonton Eskimos.


    “Derek Hansen provides the best approach for athlete speed-strength conditioning in Western Canada. Not only was he they instrumental in getting me to the 2006 Winter Olympics, but he will also play a big role in putting me on the podium for 2010!”

  • Steve Larsen – 2006 Winter Olympian – Four-Man Bobsleigh. Steve is currently training with Fast4 staff to prepare for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC. He is aiming for the podium in both the two-man and four-man bobsleigh events. Steve was also the BC 100m champion from 2003 to 2005, and was a standout running back in BC Junior Football.


    “Derek Hansen is one of a few coaches who understands the science of high-performance training. He has the remarkable ability to bring out peak performances in all of the athletes that he coaches. Never have I had a coach who is as diligent and committed to his athletes’ development as Derek. I owe the resurrection of my career to his efforts.”

  • Nathan Taylor – 2006 Commonwealth Games Bronze Medallist – 4x100m Relay.