'Bend Ze Knees' to Improve More Than Just Your Skiing

December 5, 2014 6:11 PM

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"Bend ze knees!" he shouted, "pretend like you are making love, ja!" Those were the memorable instructions I heard years ago from the Austrian ski instructor behind me on the Alps. They hold true today for all sports.

Watch a great surfer, the back leg is bent so far that the thigh is parallel to the board. A soccer player with power bends his planted leg in order to generate enough force with the striking foot to fire the ball into the net. The best linemen in the NFL bend low despite their massive size. And, li...

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