Ryan Sandes. Credit: Craig Kolesky/Red Bull Content Pool


We are genetically engineered to run. Years of sitting, restricted movement, weakness, injuries and altered movement patterns are hampering this innate ability. Innerunner provides a range of world-renowned services, providing you with the tools for a sustainable and fluid running future. 

The Innerunner experience is a series of movements designed to enhance your athletic ability. Set your body up for success by preventing reoccurring injuries, releasing stress and anxiety as well as increasing your athletic performance. Run better, move better, feel better – your journey to running with fluidity and grace starts today.

Created by Lawrence van Lingen, Innerunner is founded in his holistic view of the human body and its functioning. With over twenty years of uniquely diverse experience, not least as an elite athlete himself, Lawrence has helped world champions and regular individuals to not only overcome injury but to enhance their performance and, subsequently, their lives. Lawrence’s specialty is an unparalleled insight into what the human body looks and feels like when it is operating optimally.


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My name is Lawrence, founder of Innerunner. I am passionate about helping people move the best to be their best. I have helped thousands of people overcome pain and injury and helped some of the best athletes in the world perform better.

I am excited to embark on this journey of transformation with you.

Move well, run well, be well.

Lawrence van Lingen brings to his work a holistic view of the human body and its functioning.

Lawrence launched his professional journey by qualifying in South Africa as a licensed Sports Chiropractor. His philosophy on how and why the body works as it does has been deeply influenced by his work, even in his early career, with a remarkable number of professional and elite amateur athletes across many disciplines. Lawrence was entrusted with providing physical therapy to world class runners, including New York Marathon winner Willie Mtolo, Olympic Marathon Gold medalist Josiah Thugwane, South African marathon record holder Zithulele Sinqe and members of the 4x100m World Champion South African track team. At the same time, he was working with Olympic swimmers and triathletes, as well as professional golfers and tennis, cricket and rugby players.

These experiences gave Lawrence unparalleled insight into what the human body looks and feels like when it is operating optimally. While some therapists see their job as done once an injury subsides, Lawrence continues to facilitate his clients. Together, they move beyond the absence of injury into a realm of augmented function, where individuals are able to attain their highest levels of performance yet.

Some highlights of Lawrence’s career include guiding the Durban Surf Lifesaving Club to three World Titles. He was then tapped by the world-class Natal Sharks Rugby team as a movement and core conditioning coach for a year, simultaneously working with several Springbok rugby players. Lawrence was also the fitness and conditioning coach and team physician for the Glenwood Falcons Premier League rugby team for four years. This diverse range of sports and responsibilities equipped him with a broad and varied foundation for his whole-body view – of people generally and athletes specifically.

Lawrence’s views on elite performance are not merely theoretical either. He has walked the walk when it comes to high level sports, racing as a professional triathlete for two years and completing ten full Ironman races during that time. His last three years in South Africa were spent working full time in private practice. Here, he treated numerous world-class and amateur athletes, using manual therapy and tissue release to both restore normal function and movement and to catalyze higher levels of performance.

Lawrence’s unique approach drew the attention of Red Bull and in 2013 he was appointed as their High Performance Manager for the company’s South African athletes. This included world-class surfers, trail runners, triathletes and XC mountain bikers. Lawrence also worked with the legendary Santa Cruz Syndicate and Greg Minnaar, the 2012 and 2013 UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Champion.

At the end of 2013 Lawrence relocated with his wife and daughter to Southern California and currently has a Structural Integration practice in Laguna Beach. His clientele includes two-time UCI World Time Trial Champion Amber Neben (who he helped back to four US national victories and a world title after a severe crash), numerous standout triathletes (assisting with injuries and performance enhancement) as well as amateur and local school athletes.

Throughout his career, Lawrence has made a point of assisting not just elite athletes, but also amateurs and regular members of the community. His philosophy of attaining a better life through a better-integrated body is applicable to all.