The factors that make an athlete better usually occur on a much smaller scale than our athletic programs typically focus on. You’re thinking squats — I want to talk about feet.
What have you done for your feet lately? Yeah, those things you are standing on, and go throughout the day using thanklessly. Well, they need some love, too.
In fact, one of the most important areas for any athlete to focus on is the feet — an area that is typically overlooked. Yet, this is where you’ll find nearly one percent of your muscles doing ninety percent of your body’s output.
The smallest increases in ability in your feet will enable the greatest gains to the rest of your body regardless of your sport.
The right exercises and movement patterns focused on your feet will activate and strengthen the quads, hips, calves, hamstrings — and most importantly the feet. Many of the exercises we focus on at Wusu Training provide proprioceptive and balance training, along with a “deep tissue” massage and myofascial release in the feet.
In future posts, we will show how a series of these exercises can help prevent and reduce common injuries such as plantar fasciitis, “unassisted” rolled ankles, tight hamstrings and calves, among many other lower extremity issues.
Want to know more or learn how a training program that includes active work on your feet can improve your overall athleticism? Get in touch.