Leonardo Mayer

Head Position During Training

Leonardo Mayer

What do you do with your head when you train?

Do you follow the movement? Do you keep your neck and head neutral, like mounted on a steady cam?

Should the focus be on the head movement or rather, where your gaze goes, your eye line?

For most sports, the gaze is on the target: the baseball for instance, as you bat. Or, the golf ball, as you swing (but then follow the ball past the strike club on the ball). When you box, your eyes are on your opponent as well.

Umpire Baseball Bat Batter Catcher Uniform Swing

Everything depends on your individual frame of reference, and your personal circumstances/variables.

When kettlebell swinging, the main cue for the eye line is “look down at the horizon”. The idea behind that is look down too much, and you swing low while craning the neck forward and round the lower back. Look high and you swing high but also hyperextend the back. Keeping your lats engaged and shoulders packed (which the ProBar distraction helps “autodial-in” for you) and then tightening the abs while reaching the apex of the swing allows you to make sure the “sights” are aligned, rather than disconnected.

Continuing with this example, let’s consider the tactical athletes, field operators, a.k. a soldiers: their target can be moving, their focus is on their weapon’s sights. In that case, the head doesn’t dissociate.

Tactical Training Military

That gaze, that eyeline makes a big difference also in your balance. Having. fixed anchor point gives you better stability/equilibrium. It is an external focus.

When you have a moving anchor, you need to be stable “internally” (an extreme example is a trampoline athlete twisting and turning rapidly). Think “inner ear”.

We discuss this a bit more in the video below. Please share your thoughts!