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Discus Tip Tuesday (VIDEO)- The path of the Non Throwing Arm Through the Ring

Today is Super Tuesday but at Arete HQ, its officially Technical Tuesday. And each Tuesday I’m planning to send out something technical related that you can sink your teeth into a bit.

So today I’m gonna give you some good nuggets.

Today’s video is about the path of the Block shoulder from Pillar 1 thru 6 and the In-and-out motion of the arm throughout the Discus..

In my recent discussions, I have talked about the feedback mechanism, and how setting up the throw properly signals the right feeling of the throw. The Path of the left shoulder is critical in the rotational techniques.

The Block shoulder path is paramount to the big throws and the sprint phase of the throw.

Over the years I’ve given this wrong motion a host of nicknames, one being the Dracula Shoulder.
(You know, the old Dracula movies where the vampire hold his cape and peeks over his shoulder.? Don’t do that)

Understanding the path of the left shoulder (right for Lefties) is a big, big deal. And the inability to do it right, is often an insight into what is a posture deficiency.

Aaaahh throwing. There are so many little details that must line up for big throws.

It’s why this is a tough sport. And why training must be done right. The littlest thing throws off the Throwing Chain Reaction™.
Here’s a new Video clip from inside the ATN member area.

During a training session, I jumped into the circle to explain to my thrower what she’s not doing right with her left shoulder from pillar 1 to 6. (She’s already improved 22 feet from last season)

There’s actually a lot in this 2.5 minute video. So Check it out Now.

Throw Far,
Coach Johnson

P.S. Be sure to check out the ATN/TCR program and remember for a limited time when you join you get the TCR Throws Coaches Course and Strength Training For Throwers Program ($330 value) ATN is the fastest growing program in the sport and it will absolutely get you going on the right track. Here’s what one of our members had to say….

“If the scale was 1-10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest ATN gets a 20. Erik is a wealth of knowledge, both experientially and academically, his passion for the sport and his desire to help Coaches and Athletes reach Arete is overwhelmingly expressed every time you interact with him, whether via email, text, phone, or webinar, he makes ancillary coaches like myself jobs much easier with detailed explanations”- Coach Lee- IL

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