Balance Beam Basics

By , July 31, 2016 1:35 am



Progressive balance beam drills inspired by MovNat.

I can remember years ago, thinking I had decent lower body balance from training so much single leg strength work….. I was wrong in that it didn't carry over well to traveling while balancing. The static nature of single leg squatting gives you just that…. Balance in a static environment. The moment you combine balancing with locomotion, things change. Thank you for that lesson Erwan Le Corre.

This video (or any) won't do justice in convincing you how valuable this type of training is because you have to feel it. Balance beam work can be used for everything from corrective work to improving athleticism.

You will be surprised at how much a simple 2×4 will talk to you. It will give you tremendous feedback, making every drill self limiting (meaning you can't progress if you can't progress). The beam is the coach here.

On all lateral drills, maintain stability on the ball of the foot. You will be tempted in the beginning, especially in shoes, to be on the arch of your foot. Don't do this. This will give you artificial stability that will never carry over in the way you will need it. This can be tougher than it sounds

Also watch the follow up video 'Blance Beam: Transitional Movements & Crawling' which will be posted shortly.

Be sure to check out MovNat and Erwan Le Corre's work.

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