In an earlier post I spoke about the workflow I have used. it was long winded and everyone just went TLDR.
So, here are some images and animation passes for reference and to show it in a more visual way.
Then blocking out the Keyframes in max and doing a simple timing guesstimate with the keys.
Next comes adding some smooth motions.
and after many passes, iterations, and much feedback from teachers, it becomes a little better.