3 Fixes for the Hip Hinge

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*Note from Sarah: Please welcome Jeromie Preas, the newest part of our team here at Everyday Paleo and one of our awesome trainers/moderators over at Everyday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness! Jeromie first blogged for us back in October and now he’s here to stay with monthly contributions that will, in Jeromie’s words, help you “Move Often and Move Smart!”

3 Fixes for the Hip Hinge

I know it was posted in October, but I hope you’ve been working on a proper hip hinge. As a trainer, I wanted to address three common things I like to “fix” with clients. I say “fix” because there’s a trend in the fitness industry that there are “right” and “wrong” ways to move. I disagree. I would say there’s more optimal and less optimal. In order to understand the first critique, I want to introduce you to the righting reflex.

The righting reflex is the way your body corrects itself when it’s taken out of its normal upright position. When you lead with the head, the rest of the body follows; this is why a cat always lands on its feet. When it comes to hip hinging, the natural inclination is to initiate the movement with the head up looking forward. This is your righting reflex at work. It can be very effective when you’re lifting maximal loads, but when you’re training submaximal loads, you’re training in a position of increased cervical extension. This leads me to my first fix.

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The Hip Hinge

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What do bridges and your hips have in common?

Yes, I am talking about the kind of bridge that connects two parts of town. What would be your guess?

From a structural standpoint, the hips need to be able to bear heavy loads. Whether it’s carrying a child, going for a world-record deadlift, or simply moving your body through space, the hips and surrounding musculature need to be able to handle those loads; just like a bridge needs to be able to handle all of those vehicles that drive over them on a daily basis.

What makes a bridge strong? The same thing that makes your hips strong: Arches. If you look at the hips right-side up, upside down, and sideways, you’ll notice there are arches on top of arches on top of arches.

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