Process: Awareness -> Familiarity -> Comfort -> Loadable -> Change
+ Hips. Taking the more familiar internal rotation and using it to find the other end of the spectrum- external rotation (especially that right side). Creating a comfortable range between both ends for smooth and stable transitions/weight-shift.
+ Torso. Creating and maintaining a solid internal 'frame', (length x width x depth). The torso is the entire length of the spine (including the pelvis and the ribcage), which can be a lot to manage as individual components. Isolate parts with the intention to integrate them- if we know how the pelvis moves as well as the ribcage, then we can learn how they move together as one.
- Keep in mind that your right side may not move in the same sequence as your left side though it may feel so at first. I like to use reference points on the body to keep track of positioning for times when feeling may not be accurate enough- the pointy hip bones in the front in relation to the heels, for instance.
- Breath. As you begin to improve the efficiency of positions/patterns, breathing will be the greatest asset to create change and also the greatest indicator of whether or not your positions/patterns are honest. There are levels that you may travel back and forth from-
1 Holding your breath (typically when learning new skills).
2 Learning to coordinate breath with movement (specific pattern for each inhale-exhale).
3 Learning to alter breath and movement patterns.
4 Dissociating breath from movement (at this point holding the breath/bracing also becomes most effective in cases of max-effort type lifts)
- Take whichever aspects of the specific prep from both sessions that you like/engage well with, and continue to refine them. Add other ones in as they make more sense/feel more accessible. Keep refining the isometrics as well- if an extra challenge is needed, hold some weight in the split-stance. Remember to work from 'most comfortable' and gradually expand away from that- don't surprise the nervous system if you are intending to learn/prepare/assess.
Two major relationships:
Distinguishing between parts and smaller relationships, to make better sense of a whole.
- Foot to Hip
- Hip to Torso
(The meeting place of these two relationships is our center of mass and key to weight-shift).
Hip Rotation, Internal-External
Both of those relationships can be approached within these. Focus on one at a time and then connect aspects as you can. TO simplify, it will always come down to getting your center of mass over your base of support- the tricky part is knowing the transition between. You should be able to move in and out of any good position fairly easily, so if you ever feel that you're stuck or can't move... re-examine where your base of support and center are in relation to each other.
- Hip Rotation
- Dropping/Pulling into Ground (the dip)
- Dropping Down vs (1 of 2)
- Hinging (2 of 2)
- Weight-Shift + Change of Direction
- Weight-Shift (staying low)
- Weight-Shift (full)
Establishing the torso 'Frame'
Quadruped offers the chance to learn how to maintain an internal frame, with any number of deficits to its structure (without the help of a limb or two). This would be where we want to have length x width x depth in the torso- allowing us a greater area to distribute stress through. Look to refine the 'clarity' at which you feel these connections/frame, and by clarity, I mean gradually reducing the 'white noise' of extra muscle tension that is unnecessary. Get to the 'bare bones' of it all.
- Torso Frame + Push-Pull
- Quad to Plank
- Quad to Plank + Abduction
- Bird-Dog Strategies, Initiating Weigh-Shift
- Bird-Dog Strategy, Increasing Range