by Daniel Lucas

At Nimble, what we’re looking for in the hip hinge is the femur and pelvis working together to create a hinging “glide” at the joint, instead of the entire lumbar spine and hip moving together. Why is the hinge important? That hinging effect allows the lumbar spine to stay in a stable, neutral position as the hips move into compound/loaded lifts like the squat, deadlift and many other functional movement patterns. If you don’t have the ability to hinge properly FIRST, your ability to stabilize during heavy loaded strength exercises will definitely suffer. The hip hinge is the foundation for all of your big lifting exercises!

Check out the video below, where I’ll break down the keys to a proper hinge–and be sure to reach out to me with any questions, or to set up a training session at Nimble Fitness!