Lithe Method’s seven anatomically sound basic principles form the foundation of our Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting technique. Because they assist the body in moving through our exercises safely and effectively, each one should be referenced and reinforced.
Certain principles are uniquely tailored to Lithe such as our Lithe breath, pelvic alignment, and proper hand placement with our Higher Power band system. Some overlap anatomical principles in other movement disciplines. At Lithe, we teach these principles in our own unique style, but the anatomy behind them is universal.
We've talked about breathing, cervical spine alignment, shoulder stabilization, ribcage alignment, pelvic placement and hand placement. This week we dive into foot placement.
In Lithe, we believe in barefoot training. Working through the whole foot strengthens the foot and ankle and protects you from overuse injuries. Foot placement refers to the action of sponging into the mat during cardio movement, as well as the awareness of proper foot placement for each exercise.
When your instructor explains foot placement, he/she will cue you to roll through the foot, toe-ball-heel, on all launches and landings, absorbing impact evenly and safely. Our Lithe workout can be cardio-heavy (we believe that impact has impact, and builds bone density), but we aim to ground our cardio by sponging down into the mat through the entire foot, in contrast to being light and bouncy up on our toes.
When working in stiletto, it's important to find the center of your foot/ankle and avoid pronation or supination of the ankle. The center of the foot is located on the ball of the foot, under the second toe.
At Lithe we believe in strengthening the body by working in both parallel and lateral positions. Foot placement is important so that you have a strong base for all exercises. If your form is off, it is often a result of improper foot placement. Sometimes simply adjusting your foot placement will solve a form issue, particularly when working at the barre or with the bands.
Because we teach you to sponge into the floor and because we offer many modifications, most people are able to sustain a barefoot Lithe practice. However, some Lithers find that it is more comfortable to wear sneakers. This is always permitted, but we require that you wear a fitness sneaker that is only worn indoors. Street shoes are not allowed in Lithe studios.
Lithe instructor Meg Grauzlis in FP Movement via Dom