Whether you’re new to the sport or you’ve been playing a long time, there are some throws which are crucial to being a good handler. Some of these throws you will use far less often than the standard forehand and backhand but it’s good to know how to throw all of these throws.
The Zen Throwing Routine, developed by Ben Wiggins, is a combination of a group of exercises that he found to help develop his own balance and versatility in throwing. He was inspired to put this into a cohesive form as a partner-slash-alternative to Lou Burruss’ Kung Fu Throwing, which is a very effective plan with very different goals.
To view all of the 21 steps in the Zen Throwing Routine, visit the playlist here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLezzWvSJAw_Y9WqN4bE1v6EzatYqh2d0M.
You can download the complete Zen Throwing workout here: http://bit.ly/zenthrowing.
What is balance?
My name is Rob McLeod and I am a disc sports competitor living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This will be my second WFDF World Overall Flying Disc Championships. In 2001, I finished 4th overall (3rd in Self Caught Flight and 4th in Distance). In addition, I also have:
- 10 World Records including 3 Guinness World Records
- 3 World Championships
- 1 Quadruped national title
Frisbee is my passion, my fire, my life. I live and breathe frisbee. I have met some of the most inspiring people of my life through frisbee and I hope to pass those experiences onto my friends, family and fans.
Adding in weights as part of your regular workout routine is crucial to being a better ultimate player. In addition to doing power movements like squats and deadlifts, it’s important to add in some balancing work and small muscle work.
Part of that small muscle work deals with wrist and grip strength.
By increasing your grip and wrist strength, you will see 2 main benefits:
- In the gym, you will be able to push and pull more weight by having a stronger grip and wrist and you will therefore see more benefits from your workouts.
Elaine Huba, Ultimate Rob’s newest contributor, brings knowledge and experience which will benefit the ultimate frisbee community and help players learn the functional movements which are crucial to improving their performance on the field and preventing injuries suffered from muscle imbalances.
Elaine’s passion for strength development began with her experience in the Olympic Oval where she gained sport-specific training theory under the direction of Olympic level strength and conditioning coaches. In conjunction with current research at the University of Calgary’s Human Performance Lab, Elaine successfully adapts training protocols and techniques designed for athletes into her own, as well as her clients’, training programs, regardless of fitness level.
Rob McLeod, a resident of Calgary, will travel to Beijing, China from November 30 to December 4, 2011 to set a Guinness World Record in the sport of frisbee on China Central Televison (CCTV).
“Ever since I was a kid I bought the Guinness Book of World Records through the school book order; I dreamed of one day having my name on those pages,” said McLeod.
I’m heading to Fort Collins next week to compete in the 2011 WFDF World Flying Disc Championships and as part of my fundraising efforts, Fitter First has generously donated a Bongo Board which I auctioning off to one of my fans.
Here is what the Bongo Board looks like:
The Bongo is meant to:
- Improve balance and proprioception
- Enhance core strength and stability
- Increase coordination and responsiveness
- Heighten sense of body awareness
- Improve sports performance
It’s a lot of fun – think being on a skateboard but much safer and meant to improve all of the above!