Originally Posted by Max_501
Are you saying that its as easy to tip to the lateral side as it is to tip to the medial side of the foot?
Max, this really depends on how much weight is placed on the foot. This is where the initial problem lies. We just are not used to making this movement with the foot in everyday life beyond the simple supination of we get in the unweighted foot during walking, so we are essentially "lazy" with it. Mechanically speaking, I get the same range of motion from my feet in both directions. I regularly do foot exercises, one of which is simultaneous foot tipping, seated on an exercise ball, with minimal leg movement. Other than increasing my range of motion in both directions, I never found a difference in tipping one way or the other.
Now when I weight a foot and try this it is an entirely different matter. The foot likes to be weighted to the big toe side. Nothing new here. Further, when skiing the foot doesn't really tip that far, because of the boot we surround it with. We just load the big toe side of the foot and then the body tips to that side, driven by gravity and muscle effort.
this is where I find hips movement coming to bear for two reasons. The first is gait mechanics, which put the body in a recognizable structural relationship to the outside foot. Please don't equate this to ILE as the inside leg does not need to extend for this to happen. Just like I suggested to Paul in my response, a simple lifting of the hip on the inside triggers this. It immediately directs the balance and stance to the foot opposite the hip that is being lifted. Accompany this with a flexing of the leg and tipping of this foot underneath, and everything happens more naturally because the body immediately knows the new inside foot is not the stance foot. It recognizes this movement pattern for what it is, a changing of the stance foot and new direction for our balance to be directed.
This also stabilizes the pelvic region and core throughout the cycle which allows the other supporting movements to happen more naturally as well. This stability in part comes from the hip abbductors that are on the opposite side to the hip being lifted. A main stabilizer in walking, and a needed initial stabililizer in skiing. Except in skiing we want to take it further into an oblique angle to the stance leg as we move further inside the turn. This stabilizing effect on our body can be huge as we move from one set of edges to the other set of edges. We let some parts lose balance as we use other parts to maintain balance. This can go a long way towards settling the fear we have of no connection. An integral element of letting our edge platform develope so we have something to move inside the turn on. As opposed to moving inside and then finding our platform.
|What I have pointed out is that simultaneous and equal ski tipping is difficult due to biomechanics.
Aren't we really addressing getting to an equal amount of edge here and not whether they are simultaneous?
Myself, I pay attention to and train my weakest link, but always with the idea of full integration and coordination towards "one part moves, all parts move". Even when I tip my inside foot more than the outside foot, or focus on tipping it first, there is still some simultaneous movement and/or muscle recruitment happening in both feet and legs.
Training to our weakness can also become a trap for developing out of balance skills. Take the tai chi symbol for example. Skiing is a good real life representation of this symbol. Stance foot = Yang (white), and inside foot = yin (black). Too much attention to the yin side of the equation leads to an imbalance to the yin side. In other words, the black yin circling fish becomes too large and will dominate things too much. Just as too much focus on the yang stance foot can lead to dominance of the outside foot. Balance the two and develope separatness in harmony and you will move towards "one part moves, all parts move".