Re: The Leather Man
I have to wonder, is the "fascia" explanation maybe chasing ghosts? I don't mean to question the work, only the explanation of it.
There is a LOT that can be trained with plain old muscles and the nervous system, for instance:
1. Get every muscle from your toes, fingers, wrists, neck, ankles, forearms, calves, various rotators of the shoulders and hips, the abdomen, as well as all the major extensors/flexors involved in every movement, and working in biomechanically efficient lines and rotation around axes.
2. Get them all activating simultaneously/instantaneously (without any preparation or delay) and with equal intensity.
3. While keeping all of the above, get them activating to the maximum of the juice your poor little brain can output, or until you feel like something is going to tear off.
4. Keeping all of the above, get them to activate and then release in an instant, like an electric shock. Two aspects: minimizing transition trime from relaxation to tension, and from tension to relaxation.
5. Keeping all of the above, get them to rapidly change direction, to the point where the whole body is switching many many times a second.
6. While moving at any speed, anywhere from slow to fast, keep all of the activation, without letting it break, or any part merely clench without useful motion, up to the limits of what the muscles can contract to.
7. Practice changing movement direction in response to different visual, tactile, or perceptive targets, to the point where your brain can identify a new target and respond with purposeful movements many times a second.
So where does fascia fit in above and beyond this?