Strength & Conditioning - Erwan Le Corre: Week 1, Day 1
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Week One: Context-Free Locomotive Drills (Unloaded)
This week we start with "context-free" locomotive drills, i.e. unloaded movements. Such movements do not need to adapt to complex environmental demands and can be performed on any flat surface, indoors or outdoors, anywhere. The drills will be pretty similar each day this week. You will, however, progressively perform more repetitions so you become a bit more comfortable with them everyday. Practice not just the physical side but also mindfulness by focusing on quality movement patterns, including joint stability, a tall posture, and balance, as well as a strong, yet slow and relaxed abdominal breathing.
Practice each drill separately so you become familiar with those movements from a proprioceptive standpoint. You may follow the specific number of reps indicated, or you may solely focus on sensations instead and practice as long as the movement feels beneficial to you.
None, except a yoga mat if you want to alleviate the discomfort of your knees and ankles supporting your bodyweight. Practice on a soft surface, grass, or sand if you can't stand hard surfaces. Anyway, who said it was easy? Suck it up!
Week 1, Day 1
(See video demonstrations below)
- Stepping Over x 4: Perform dynamically, avoid counterbalancing with the upper body. Switch sides.
- Stepping Under x 4: Perform dynamically, avoid rounding the back. Switch sides.
- Lateral Figure Four Sitting Reverse x 4
- Assisted Squat x 8: Hold at the bottom and bounce softly a few times before standing up.
- Split Squat x 4: Keep front knee stable, switch sides.
- Deep Knee Bend x 4: Maintain a tall posture.
- Deep Knee Bend Stances x 4: Hold stance for about 10 seconds each time. Maintain a tall posture and stable ankles and knees.
- Medium Kneeling to Tall Kneeling x 4
- Deep Knee Bend to Tall Half-kneeling x 4: Switch sides.
Lateral Figure Four Sitting Reverse:
Deep Knee Bend Stance:
Medium Kneeling to Tall Kneeling:
Deep Knee Bend to Tall Half Kneeling: