Receiving conflicting advice from different people

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Jasper Low

Jasper Low Asked 4 months ago

Hi Alois. I have one coach that said that the stomach should be rock hard when your attacking but another coach said that the legs should be rock hard. Then you said that the whole body should be relaxed. I'm not so sure who to listen to? How would you deal with such situations? 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 months ago

Hi Jasper,

I think the legs need to work hard but the arms hand and fingers need to be relaxed.

In general when you receive conflicting advice it is important to analyse things yourself and see if you can work out what works for you personally.

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AK 47

AK 47 Posted 4 months ago

Hi, Jasper!

When you receive conflicting advices from different people, I think you should ask from coach Alois Rosario. 


D K Posted 4 months ago

I wonder how any part of body can be "rock hard" when it is moving.
No muscle can be rock hard in the same instant when it is contracting.
I think that during every 100% stroke there is a split-second instant where SOME muscles (not a single muscle) is rock hard,but that instant is less than blink of an eye-that is beyond human control,it is a result of how the muscles biologically work.

Nigel C

Nigel C Posted 4 months ago

Coaches tend naturally tend to give advice that would be good for themselves. Shock horror they are human and can make mistakes! This is because every player is different and what works for some doesn't for others.

You have to try out advice and use your own judgement to pick out what works for you and what doesn't. Even the top players will reject advice that they don't think is helpful.

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