MILITARY MOVEMENT DRILL 2, EXERCISE 1: POWER SKIP
Purpose: This exercise develops leg power, coordination, and jumping ability from a single leg. It also promotes a powerful extension from the ankle, knee, and hip. (Figure 10-7).
Starting Position: Staggered stance with right foot forward.
Movement: Step with the left foot, then hop and land on the left leg followed by the same action with the opposite leg. When the right leg is forward, the left arm swings forward and the right arm is to the rear. When the left leg is forward, the right arm swings forward and the left arm is to the rear.
- Start slowly and progress the speed and height of the skip throughout each 25-yard interval.
- Soldiers should gradually incorporate larger arm swings as they jump to get higher elevation. Arm swing is strong and smooth with the forward arm at 90-degrees and the rearward arm relatively straight.
- Arm swing is from front to rear, not side to side, with the upper part of the forward arm reaching parallel to the ground as it swings to the front.