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recovery from lunge

Published: 15 Oct 2007 - 16:36 by shib

Updated: 24 Sep 2008 - 16:58

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These few days I've spent my time looking at the videos to see if I could pick up some tips on the recovery on a lunge- after I lunge forward for the ball I feel myself not able to stop on time. So I came to these few conclusions- 1. angle in which the calves and the thighs make must be greater than 90. 2. The heel hits the ground first followed by the front part, but this motion happens very fast. 3. Its easier to balance when the toes are pointing slightly outwards, not exactly in a straight line to your body.

What do you all think? 

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From rippa rit - 17 Oct 2007 - 10:19

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From fishnicker - 17 Oct 2007 - 05:13

Hi Shib - do you mean that your forward momentum is carrying you "over" you front lunging foot? Or that you are having difficulty recovering from a lunge?


I'm not sure about the 90.2 degree angle - I think you mean that at the end of the lunge the angle formed by your knee shouldn't be greater that 90.  Hadn't thought about it, but when my knee goes in front of the ankle (<90, just tried it out now) I feel off balance.  And if I landed on my toes first, I think I my claves would be on fire in no time! But as I'm hitting a shot from a lunge, my back foot (actually the inside/top of the big toe is contacting the floor) will drag up closer to the lunge foot, the lunge knee will extend over top of the lunge foot and gradually my weight will transfer onto my back, non lunging foot.  Then I'll push off my back foot to recover back to the T.

Try a full lunge, back leg extended, and while your back leg is planted, try to push back up with the lunging leg.  It's really hard to do over and over.  Once you drag the back foot forward and use it to recover, it becomes much easier.

You're going to end up doing different lenghts of lunges throughout any game, depending on the pressure, so there probably isn't any one perfect way to do it.  But if it's balance you're after, you should drag your back foot.   

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