Rob Davidson - @roweda
Detailed instructional outline by @PickleballPhil
1. What are we doing
Setting aside ANOTHER 19 minutes to complete ANOTHER awesome challenge! We do this in order to grow together as a community and build habits that are going to keep us moving forward towards our ultimate goals! Today Rob Davidson is going to give us a good balanced challenge. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Rob through conversation and playing on the courts. There isn’t anyone else in this game who is as kind as Rob. He is amazing at pickleball and has one of the hardest drives in the game! I love this challenge that he has for us today.
2. Why it works
Remember your brain is hardwired to function within routine and habits. Try to do your drills at the same time in your routine! When someone comes into the rehab where I work they often want to walk again. What they don’t understand is that it requires a whole body approach. I love this approach of focusing on the quads and gluts, then vertical and horizontal footwork, then finishing with forearm strength. We haven’t had that yet.
3. How it relates to pickleball
I hope you guys are starting to see themes among these challenges. Many of these pros have not watched the videos before they recorded their own. It continues to be confirmed that there are some major areas that need to be solid when it comes to pickleball. We need to have good gluts and quad strength. The other part is footwork. Rob’s footwork on the court is unreal and he gets EVERYTHING back. A major part of his ability to do this is his footwork. Rob also has such a good whip with the paddle and can flip the ball at you so quickly. Forearm strength is CRUCIAL.
I want you guys to watch Rob’s footwork compared to mine and you will see the difference between someone who is trying to figure out the footwork and someone who has it built into their play. Rob is in the Green shirt, I am his partner
4. Outline & Demonstration
- (1 min) Weighted Front Squat
- (1 min total-30 seconds each foot leading) Forward Foot Speed
- (1 min) Lateral Foot Speed
- (1 min total-30 seconds each hand) Wrist Rotations with weight
- Front Squat ➞ Glute Bridge-3 Variations
- Forward Foot Speed ➞ Pace yourself so you can move for the entire minute
- Lateral Foot Speed ➞ Pace yourself so you can move for the entire minute
- Wrist Rotation ➞ Don’t use any weight feel like you are turning a door handle
5. Go & Do - Return & Report
Review how this fits in your day, ALWAYS! Sometimes it takes multiple times of your routine to find out what you are willing to do consistently. Now, reply to this post and put your proof you completed the challenge! This is a GREAT video challenge for all of us to do that will help us improve our lives and ultimately work together towards a greater goal!