I'm with Eric and Kris here.
When you walk normally and unaffectedly, you pretty much only use your quads to lift your knees, and an automatic spinal reflex takes care of lifting your foot, so your toes don't drag. When you think too much about any automatic process like walking, you tend to fuck it up. Concentrate instead in moving your frame beautifully though space, and your body will probably work out how to follow.
Of entirely anecdotal interest (or not), I spent my first 6 months operating goofy, which suited me fine, except that my walking felt clumsy. When I changed to regular-side, my footwork was instantly better. Retraining my handedness to match operating side was trivial, and took me at most a couple of days.
Kris and Eric,
What we posted are exercises to help not just steadicam but for general health as well.
Of cause, we don't walk exactly like that while operating steadicam.
But, yes, when operating steadicam, we walk differently than when we walk without steadicam.
In other word, we don't walk normally while operating steadicam.
Ask someone on the set to video you while operate steadicam.
Go home, soak your feet in hot water while sipping martini and watching the "behind the scenes" video.
Do you walk normally while operating steadicam?
Another cup of martini?
You shouldn't say "walk normally" especially, you are a steadicam instructor.
Have a cup (or 2) of martini and watch this clip: http://steadivision..../source/24.html
I might be wrong! This is how you walk normally.
I'm having another cup. Cheer!