Sunday, October 2, 2011

relaxing quads in bendover

continuing with relaxing the quads in bendover.  i think the reason they do that is to guard the ligaments in the back of the knee.  that's great but we learn to fearfully overguard and it holds us back, largest muscles in the body bumping around, trying to be helpful.

in side-reach bendover i found there is a front leg and back leg, the front leg quad wanted to tighten as i bent over and fully extended the knee.  i spent the last year learning how to do the move without engaging the forward quad.  now i want to do other things without engaging the quad.  pivoting for example.

pivoting on the ball of the foot turned out to be no problem, quad stayed relaxed.  pivoting on the heel turned out to be difficult.  had to move the center of gravity around, had to try manual gentling, had to back off & try again.  i think though that i have established that the quads are not required to make that move.  can learn how to save energy.

this a continuation of what i did yesterday, when i researched unnecessary recruitment of the quad in side leg stretch: the application of gentling, etc.  the progression was: ordinary side leg stretch with foot flat on floor keep quad relaxed, at any point of the stretch (trunk moves away from that leg), rotate on heel, allow toes up in air. quad really wants to tighten up & guard.  multiple failed attempts.  gentling, etc.  fail and partial fail. 

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