The 5 MOST Common Speed, Quickness and Explosiveness Problems in Athletes

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  1. miaou

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    Part 2: The 5 MOST Common Speed, Quickness and Explosiveness Problems in Athletes: Part 2 | Eric Cressey
     
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    Cool.Thanks for that.
     
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    I'm goin to put mysef out there and ask whats probably a stupid question.

    The author claims athletes should be on the balls of there feet, not there heels, because thats the optimal way to create force. He also claims athletes need to activate there hips and glutes for the same reason and it isnt efficient to be quad dominant. I thought if you come off the balls of your feet your using more quad and when you come off your heel youre using more hip/glute. Whats up with that?
     
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    Wouldn't that mostly be true in something like a squat?
    The author is talking about general athletic movement which makes quite the difference in that regard.
     
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    Watch the running video agfain. You can clearly see the difference in body positioning. When running barefoot the hip comes back and forth to make the leg move. In the sneakers running one her hip is pretty much frozen and doesn`t help in the movement at all.
     
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    The idea is to do enough barefoot training that your feet strengthen and begin to favor the barefoot posture even when wearing shoes. Even 20 minutes once a week on grass is helpful.

    In other words it's an issue of running mechanics, and not footwear. Running barefoot, or in Vibrams or whatever encourages landing on the midfoot (good) because it makes landing on the heels uncomfortable/painful. You can gain the same benefit as with running barefoot/vibrams by using proper running mechanics, regardless of footwear.
     
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    Thanks for the thread this was very informative, I like learning things on here I didn't know before.
     
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    goon, the article focuses exclusively on movement (not on static exercises like squats). In that sense, coming off the heel allows for the movement to be generated at the knee, while coming off the balls of the feet necessitates more hip movement.

    Tosa, that's really what I thought in the past. But in reality, "normal" running footwear will not allow for proper running mechanics simply by virtue of the thickness of the soles.
     
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    Thank you!

    Very informative and useful thread.
     
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    Cheers Miaou. I'll have to start getting rid of the shoes when I do sprints!
     
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    can't wait for the next installments. I'm going to start implementing a lot more hip mobility and glute stuff. Being balanced is really important to me.
     
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    Excellent stuff - thanks. I'm going to start incorporating some of these stretches into my daily routine, I need to improve my hip flexibility for squats.
     
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    Interesting article. The part about running and shoes strikes a chord with me since I find that running (for cardio purposes) makes my feet and shins hurt but when I play sports that involve running I get no such pain. I'm now thinking it's possibly because when I play sports I'm on my toes to stay more agile.

    Also, occasionally YouTube brings the lulz:
     
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    Amazing post. Thanks.
     
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    Take it easy with barefoot running. I chased an asshole while barefoot, sprinting really, and bruised the ball of one foot.

    Stupid but shit happens.
     
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    This is funny.

    This is all the stuff I've started doing since I switched back from power-lifting/body-building (I know they're not the same, but I've been doing both the post couple years) to combat sports.

    Doing heavy squats and deadlifts got me used to being on my heels. I built some nice muscle, but now I need to translate that into something useful.

    I'm glad Cressy confirms I've been doing many of the right activities to transition back to movement/speed oriented training.
     
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    Great thread and HOLY SHIT at the Serena Williams picture
     
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