Like the Squat, the Hip Hinge is a fundamental exercise for learning to coordinate safe and functional movement for sports and life. The main difference between a hinge and a squat is the joint which plays the primary role in the movement. While the Squat and Hip Hinge both require some movement from both knees and hips, the squat is knee dominant while the hip hinge is hip dominant. Adding the arm thrust engages the whole body for acceleration and power.
- From Standing Ab Draw position, —feet a little closer than hip width, arms extended and relaxed at your sides—hinge your hips back while keeping a slight bend in the knees. Shoulders remain back and chest up while keeping your back flat. Only drop as low as your flexibility allows without rounding the back.
- With one powerful movement, arms extended, stand upright as you bring your hands straight overhead.
- As you perfect this exercise, add more power by accelerating up to the toes as you complete the upward movement.