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  • Writer's pictureAmanda Charpentier

Fundamental Movement Pattern: The Hip Hinge

You may have noticed in your programming some deadlifts, RDLs, bridges, kettlebell swing or good mornings. All these exercises have what’s called a hinge pattern where you are keeping your spine in neutral and flexing and extending at the hips.

Movement for life

The hip joint is meant to be a very mobile joint. If the hip isn’t moving properly we will rely on our knees or low back. This of course will cause problems such as wear and tear or muscular imbalances. The hip hinge helps us learn how to safely and properly pick things up off the ground and protect our low back and knees from unnecessary pressure. In addition it can help with improved balance and flexibility.

The effects of hip hinge

If you’ve done any of the exercises listed above, you most likely have felt the burn. Hip hinge movements work your posterior chain (glutes, hamstrings, low back). You will also need to stabilize using your core during these movements.

How can I work on my hinging?

Here are some beginner hinging exercises to help you really perfect the movement:


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