Sometimes you’ve got to relax to go hard!
Recently while coaching Double Unders (rope skipping movement where the rope passes twice under your feet on one jump), I found myself giving the same advice to several athletes: RELAX!
And once they relaxed, something magic happened. They began to perform! They got the movement.
This ties in to a concept I teach often in running technique clinics which I describe as Minimum Effective Dosage, or M.E.D. The easiest way to describe this is to ask you to stand up. So, please stand up. Now, let’s pretend that your task is to stand in place for 15 seconds. Go ahead and try it: 15, 14, 13 … and 1.
Ok, now let’s do it again, but this time I want you to squeeze all your muscles tightly. Feet, legs, glutes, core, shoulders, arms, hands and face. And here we go: 15, 14, 13 … and 1.