"If we strip away the shoes from our basketball elites, Kevin Durant, Lebron James, Russell Westbrook, you'll be shocked to see exactly how their feet work. The shoe is the greatest magician of all time, deceiving our perception"
- Chong Xie
Chong Xie's Principle 1:
There is only one way to engage your glutes properly which is the same mechanism that also lock up your ankle to prevent ankle sprains. This is the intelligent design that most people have overlooked.
Here I show you what it looks like when a person goes from a neutral state to Hyperarch Fascia Tensioning state
This is pressure map of an average quad dominant individual
This is when Hyperarch Fascia Tensioning is applied to an average quad dominant individual
2015*Update - the pressure map of a glutes dominant pressure map is different with fascia tensioning
This is the Hyperarch athletic stance with contact area aligned with 2nd toe and big toe pad
Why is the pressure map so important? have you ever wondered why all the running animals of the land have hooves? the horse for example has a gigantic butt but the hooves are so small, this is done by intelligent design, the less the surface area, the more pressure there is and the more force there is.
Picture a thumb tack, if you apply the same amount force backwards from tip of the pin to plastic head, it won't generate nearly as much as pressure as before.
This principle is the same for humans, if we want to perform at high force, high speed level, our feet must morph. Transform into a lesser contact point to the ground. In order to do that we must lift our heels from the ground and use the ball and toes of the feet, the windlass mechanism has to be utilized and gluteus maximus has to be engaged.
Foot print of a cheetah, Courtesy of zoochat.com
This picture shows the hind leg of a bear, dog and deer. The foot of the bear is similar to your foot. The toes and heel touch the ground.
This pattern is modified in a dog. Notice the heel raised up away from the ground.
The deer has only toes that touch the ground.