So this “lazy” swing shares some similarities with a GS style swing as well as a Hardstyle swing, so you could almost call it a hybrid…or even a Prius swing :P…meh… You’ll notice that I still maintain a fairly neutral spine, although I don’t worry to much if I start swinging with some flexio(rounded back) with these swings because like I said you are going to still get that elastic recoil response so the chance of hurting your back is slim ( unless you have weak extensors or start out with this swinging way to heavy of a bell). I find that this style of swing is fantastic for really working and strengthening your lower back muscles such as your extensors, while dynamically stretching them at the same time. For me, this lazy style of swing has always been rather therapeutic.
But the real beauty of this swings comes with the timing. Swinging in a more relaxed manner like this can really help give you the feel of learning to catch and decelerate the bell with your hips, as you follow the trajectory of the bell as closely as possible on the eccentric, cushioning it with your posterior chain as it enters the backswing. This should like your hamstrings,butt, and lower back are a single rubber-band like unit and act to cushion the fall of the bell as it comes down and then redirect it back up. Learning to use this elastic recoil recoil to reduce and redirect force is a critical skill for all athletes to learn. Once you have the feeling for this with the lazy swings, it should be no problem implementing it into your hardstyle swings with the over-speed eccentric.
Lazy Power to You!
COS Q&A VOL. 1
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