FIX THE FEET! 15 Sep 2010
We Lithers spend a lot of time on our feet and depend on strong, supple feet to provide stability, finish a line and support a jump/plyo's landing. One of the many bad habits that I see during classes is that many Lithers disconnect with the floor.
How do you know if you disconnect? Your feet will "lift" off the mat during ab-work or tricep dips. At the barre, you'll have persistent calf pain, your jump landings will be loud, your mat will slide around... And you can see it-there is no work in the feet while Lithing; They tend to look lifeless with no metatarsal articulation.
How do you correct it? As you lift up to do a lunge or liberty, push down through the floor as you use your core to lift you in opposition. Directing weight through the feet into the mat/floor creates a better quality of movement but it also generates the downward energy you need to propel the body upward during liberty, lunges, sumo's, jumps & plyo's, etc.
Image of Lithe Instructor, Nicole Sewall via Dominic Episcopo