Good morning everyone! Wanted to share a little about some of the new clients I have just started. First of all the majority of them are over 65. I think this is so awesome! Secondly, these people are not really over weight and lead active lifestyles. They do have postural issues and some low back pain. They have heard about Foundation Training and have seeked me out to help teach them to improve these issues which in turn keeps them moving well.
As I start with them I take a few pictures and just watch how they move. The one thing most everyone has in common is the inability to hinge at the hip. Foundation Training is all about re-learning how to use our hips for movement and support.. How have so many people forgotten to hinge at the hip? It’s just now people over 65 either….I have worked with much younger people who just bend over…no hinge happening at all! No wonder so many people have back pain.
The hip hinge is basically a shifting of weight back into the hip, glute, hamstring,calf and heel area. Why is this so difficult? One main reason is posterior chain weakness. Society sits to much! All this sitting on our glutei has made our posterior chain muscles short, tight and weak. So now, if you try to hinge at the hip… your brain let’s your knee or your quad know it better help the the hip out. Now your are hinging with the front of your body supporting you. This is so wrong and will create havoc in your knee, your back or both.
Look at the pictures below…an improper hinge…notice where the knees are. Look at he proper hinge…weight back over heels and the knee in line with the ankle…not in front of the toes.