One of the most important things in Foundation Training is to get people to start using their hips again. Somewhere along the road of life people have quit using the very muscles that are designed to protect our spine and our low back area. I talk about correcting movement patterns almost every time I write about Foundation Training. In the 2 pictures above I’m helping a co-worker with some hinging. To hinge properly the hips and knees need to be in proper position. To a lot of people these 2 pictures will look similar. When I teach the hinge the majority of people are going to hinge more with the knees than the hips. This is not correct!
The hinge is about leading with the hips and closing down at the hip area with the knees over the ankles or behind the ankles with most of your weight on your heels. The top picture shows this. This is the correct way and the only way you are going to engage your glutei, hamstrings, and calves and trust me…you are going to feel it!
The lower picture may look similar… But it is so wrong! Yes, the hips did start back and are closed down, but at some point the knees and quads said, let me help you. Now, the weight is all in the quad, knee and ball of feet area. Notice how far the knees are over the toes. This is wrong, wrong, and very unsafe. There is absolutely no posterior chain engagement happening in this photo.
Why do the quads and knees take over? It’s simple…your posterior chain has been under utilized for no telling how long! The muscle get short, tight, and weak…now they do not want to work properly. The brain kicks in and says, knees help me do this hinge because I feel tightness pushing my hip back. This is how the body compensates for muscle imbalances. Most everyone walking around in today busy technology advanced world is muscularly dominant in the front of the body and muscularly compromised in the back of the body!
Foundation training will address these issues and get your body in better balance. Foundation Training works! You will be aware of your posture, movement, and you will just plain feel better,
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