-July 10th, 2012-
You’ve been told for years that you always need to be on your toes. Being on your toes is being ready.
Like Sergeant Frank Drebin famously said in the movie The Naked Gun 33 1/3, ‘like a midget at a urinal, I was going to have to stay on my toes!’
(I couldn’t write a blog about not being on your toes without saying that line. Great movie!)
But when you are in the weight room training for lacrosse though, you want to always be on your heels.
If you are doing any lower body training, you do not want to be on your toes.
Being on your toes is a sign of Quadriceps Dominance. Being quad dominant puts you at risk for hamstring injuries.
Being on your toes puts pressure through the front of your knee. You do not want that.
You want to push through your heels so that you use what’s called your Posterior Chain (all the muscles that go through the back of your body including calves, hamstrings, and glutes).
Those are the muscles you want to focus on developing and making stronger to improve your lacrosse performance.
A good cue to think of is that you should always be able to wiggle your toes. If you can’t wiggle your toes during a lower body exercise or at the start of an Olympic lift, then you aren’t in the proper position.
Try it out during your next workout. It might feel a bit odd at the start, but you’ll find you’ll be much stabler and more than likely even stronger.