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In skipping, you "jump" off, or take-off, the ground on one foot; and as you come down, you momentarily touch-down on the same foot and then quickly shift your weight on the other foot, or alternate foot on which you will now "jump" off. That's how we skip...or don't we? Or is it just a Japanese way. Of course, we drive on the left side (not "wrong side"!) of the they do in New Zealand.

When you look at the airborne form (of skipping), it is very similar to bounding or springing or whatever else you want to call it (exaggerated "running" action) but the biggest difference is that you don't get as much impact on your landing foot which is the same as "next" take-off foot. In other words, you have a little bit of a “break” on your leg. Whereas in bounding or springing, you don't get much “break” on your leg at all. This way, you'll gain more ballistic action and hence gain more plyometoric effect. Of course, the chance of injuries is that much higher as well so be aware! This is where having completed solid marathon conditioning, including running over hilly courses, to strengthen your muscles and tendons become that much more important.

There has always been much discussion on Seb Coe and Lydiard system. To me, the biggest "similarity" is actually this type of exercise. Lydiard did it on the hill in a form of bounding. Coe did it in the gym in a form of plyometoric exercise (in fact, this is when I first heard of a word, plyometorics). My understanding is that he would jump off a box and, as he lands, he would bounce back up (no hopping or any form of "break") and jump up onto another box. There was a picture illustration of this exercise, they called it "Depth Jump", in a book called "Running for Fitness" written by Seb and Peter Coe. Think of yourself doing this on one foot and, of course, you switch your leg in the air and keep doing it continuously. Now you're doing bounding or springing.

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