Updated: Apr 25, 2021
The hip is a very powerful region of the human body, when it works well we appreciate its power. When it’s restricted, we feel its loss of power and motion which often leads to many compensations, most commonly low back pain, knee dysfunction and/or overall loss of daily function (picking up objects from ground, getting in and out of car, etc.).
If you are training your hips while lying on the ground, or by walking across the gym floor with a tube tied around your ankles, you are forgetting that the body works as a Chain Reaction and that the body moves in three planes of motions. You are not training the hips as they work in function. There is a better way. The hip joint is classified as a “ball and socket joint,” similar to the shoulders. This means that there is a lot of motion available in all three planes and thus the hip must be trained that way. For any muscle to work correctly you have to train that muscle authentically, according to how it is designed to function.
Did you know:
• In function, the hips allow the trunk, the shoulders, and the legs to be powerful and successful.
• In function, it is the hips that help turn the abdominal musculature on for enhanced core function.
• In function, the hip is directly affected (and affects) by what the foot is doing.
• The hip is so powerful it can become a primary cause, or it can subconsciously agree to be the primary source of compensation. One of the critical decisions we need to make when we see hip tightness or dysfunction is: Are we seeing a cause or are we seeing a compensation?
It's time to start assessing and training the hips authentically, scientifically, and according to the rules of function.
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