The Hip Hinge Movement Pattern

by Dr Oliver Hobkirk-Smith


sit ups should not be part of your core strength workout

Hinging from your spinal joints creates 'spinal flexion'





When leaning over to pick something up off a surface, most people will hinge from their spinal joints, arching forwards, and creating spinal flexion. Alternatively, we can learn a more efficient movement, hinging from the hips and keeping our spine straight.








more efficient hip hinge exercises will reduce hip pain

Golf requires players to bend down




Standing upright, find the neutral spine position and hold a light abdominal brace. Grip the floor with your feet and push outwards with the feet as if 'spreading the floor'. This stage is only essential during pratice, and will simply act as a tool for facilitate the learning of this new movement pattern...




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