Maria Sharapova exercise resisted lateral skip

Maria Sharapova does the resisted lateral skip drill with personal trainer. Tennis training.

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This movement-technique drill is designed to train the proper musclefiring sequence through the hips and legs. The glute muscle fires first, then the quad for the most efficient and powerful push and move. “It’s one of the first things we do in a session,” Wellington says. “It helps retrain the brain to fire the muscles in the correct order for maximum speed and explosiveness. Premature quad firing (and thus loss of use of the glute) leads to inefficient movement.” With a belt (available at performbetter.com) tied around your waist, skip laterally away from the person holding the belt. Drive the foot closest to your partner into the ground and land with that foot almost flat on the ground (the ball of the foot is the contact point and your toes are raised). Repeat the drill four to five times (with eight to 10 skips each set), keeping your ankle cocked and your foot away from your butt, which will force the glute muscle to initiate hip extension.

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