Waist Steering "Control vs. Windup"
It's great that Colorado has some snow so
that guys like Rick and JustAnotherSkiPro
can get out and actually try to work on
I can understand that without experiencing WS,
you would construct the kinesiological
image of a "wind up"-- a movement that
would seemingly have a synergistic effect
like a spinning top. While the Waist Steering
practitioner gains something like the verticalbalance
of a spinning top, there is no,
"oh crap, I've overspun myself." In essence,
the beginning Waist Steerer does not have
much flexibility i.e. range of motion in the
hips and waist for horizontal rotation. Usually,
there is enough there to make a turn, but
not nearly enough to spin out. (I could probably
spin out if I tried hard enough, but I wouldn't
Transversely, when you develop some "Waist
Skill" (flexibilty of the hips, and refinement
of control to turn this way or that, with
instantaneous change of rotation direction),
you easily control your direction, just as if
you were steering a car: the waist rotates
left, but the skier needs more left, so the
waist rotates more to the left; at an instant,
the skier needs to turn right, so he rotates
his waist horizontally to the right. If he
is turning too fast, he can simply back off
on the rotation and add it again when it
Our "friend" on this board who loves to cite
the Tai Chi classics has repeated so many
times "control from the waist." This is quite
true; what that person misses is the point
that all power you need for movement is also
generated from the waist turn, and the waist
can be instantaneously turned the opposite
direction. The only thing inhibiting any of
you from this great power and control is
the stiffness of your hips. We do lots of
stuff in a day, but even a yoga person does
not work and stretch the hips the way a
Tai Chi practitioner does.
|It would help me out, and maybe others as well, if you could clarify (or simplify), why we would want to stand on the outside of our feet, when our body's skeleton and muscles are so designed to most efficiently support our weight, and any additional loads we might encounter, by our sleletal structure naturally directing that pressure to the ball of the foot. Additionally, it seems both counter-intuitive (even counter-productive?) to have the muscles of both legs engaged to twist in opposite directions at the same time while skiing. Are you advocating engaging abductors of both legs at the same time (rotating both outward)? If so, where in a turn would you use this, and why, so as to accomplish what?
Am I missing that this is but an exercise leading to something else and not intended to be a way to ski?
If not please clarify what advantage you percieve to having both halves of the body (inside/outside) working in opposition and how that would be more efficient than both working together in the same direction, that of the intended turn?
Just curious about all this and interested in understanding the basis of this purportedly 'new' set of movements, where they are coming from, and why they would be percieved to be 'better' than what the best contemporary skiers are already doing?
Arc, Gary is accurate in his descriptions of supination and
pressuring the outside of the knees/legs; however, it's not
exactly like pressing the outside of the feet. Read this:http://www.williamccchen.com/3nails.htm
Plenty of Tai Chi people disagree with this, but there's
enough there that makes sense where people should
really take note of what the Three Active Nails of the foot
are worth. I'll say that it takes a long time to develop.
Moving up the legs from the feet, find your shinbones.
The tibialis anterior is on the outside (lateral side) of
the tibia. That's a clue.
The soleus muscle originates (starts) on the outside
of the posterior tibia and the fibula, and inserts (finishes)
on the medial posterior of calcanneus (heal). Clue.
I'll state it again that the strong ligaments of the knee
are on the outside (lateral side) of the knee. ACL is
weak, that's why people hurt it. LCL is strong, these
rarely get hurt. The fibula is like an extra bone on
OUTSIDE of the leg. Clue!
The Iliotibial Tract
(IT Band) is like one giant tendon
of both the gluteus maximus and the tensor fasciae latae
Everyone knows how strong the glutes are; but
do we recognize that the glutes pull the outside of
the knee toward the spinal area? If we look at
the quads, they visually start on the outside of the
hip and run down toward the front and inside of
the knee. Big clues.
All of these things suggest outward rotation of the
legs is stronger and superior to medial rotation
(the way we've been skiing for 70 years).
Beyond that, please understand that Waist Steering
does not involve turning both knees outward at
the same time. One is full and one is empty (yin
and yang). We stand on the uphill leg; that's
full. We rotate the waist to move the downhill
leg (which is relaxed and not twisting outward)
through the turn.
JASP, please tell me what that S3A stuff is.
If it's similar, or going in the same direction,
I need to know what elements are alligning.