Thrust kicks are incredibly powerful.
Consider how strong our legs are; they can lift an incredible amount of weight. However, they are technical. One of the more technical aspect of force production is our foot position.
When pressing against the ground, you must press through your feet correctly, otherwise there is loss in force production due to an energy leak. Kicks are no different.
When performing a thrust kick, you want to make contact with your heel. By pushing through your heel you are not only hitting with the hardest part of your foot, but also allowing the full force of your kick to channel into your target.
However, if you press into your target with your toes or the flat of your foot, then your calfs will act as a shock absorber and decrease the power.
The trick to make sure that this happens is to curl your toes back and lift them towards your body as you kick.
If you struggle to do this, then this could mean a tightness in your calfs or a weakness in your Tibialis Anterior, the muscle that runs up your shin. If this is the case we all know the touch your toes stretch, but reverse calf raises are a great way to develop strength in your Tibialis Anterior as well.
To reverse calf raise, just place your heels on the edge of a step, and let your toes hang off. Now dip them down towards the floor and raise them up as high as you can and you should feel this muscle squeeze.
A lot of people struggle with this, so give it a go if you are struggle to kick with your heel.
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