The Hip Hinge

The Hip Hinge

If there is one thing that scares me it is seeing people do anything related to using your lower back wrong in the gym.

I hurt my back many years ago doing heavy deadlifting and ever since then I have been super cautious about anything to do with my lower back. It is not something you want to mess up, trust me.

A lot of the time I see people doing Stiff Leg Deadlifts & Kettlebell swings improperly.  Sometimes they can’t “feel” it in their hamstrings, other times they have the bar travel too far away from their legs which can put undue pressure (loading) on the Spine which can be bad news.

It is really important to practice “Hip Hinging” in order to really stretch and activate your hamstrings properly.  It’s something that took me a while to get personally but once I did it made a huge difference with my training.

As well while training my clients at Heavyweights Training Center I make it a point to always be working on the Hip Hinge.  It may not be the most exciting thing you can do with your training, but trust me when I say it will help your training big time.

Check out this video where I demonstrate The Hip Hinge.

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  • Bill Davis

    Great advice, as always, Rob! Not too many talk about this, but it’s super important. How many rounded backs do we have to see before it’s painfully (pun intended) obvious that you have to bend at the hip, not the spine!