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We’ve all been there, wasting time watching some guy in front of us with $15 of hair gel in his $10 haircut demonstrate how to lift a 5 kg box.
Meanwhile, your back is killing you from sitting in the cheap chairs because your pelvis is curved so far underneath you if you stood up you would look like a question mark. This is not the strength curve you may have heard about FYI.
But what if this isn’t the chairs fault? What if a more comfortable life hinges on what Captain Hair Gel has been preaching…. Introducing the hip hinge!
Forgotten art of the Hip Hinge
There is one extremely common trend I have noticed in many people I have coached or that I watch with a cringe on my face in the gym. People have completely forgotten how to use their hips, more specifically how to hip hinge. It’s as if the only possible way to pick something up or squat is to go on the balls of their feet and only bend their knees. If you do this you are going to have a really bad time and you probably already are. Some of these delightful little side effects can be; Weak and inactive glutes, tight piriformis, tight adductors, lower back pain, overloaded erectors and my personal favourite flat bum syndrome.
Do yourself a favour and try picking something off the ground while staying on your heels. If you’re comfortably able to do a deep squat, congratulations! You may load the bar with weight! (assuming your feet don’t look like a clock at 3)
For the rest of you who are sick of looking like a silhouette of Mr. Burns from the Simpsons, it’s time to fix things.