Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hinging and Improved Athletic Performance

Hello Everyone!

Well respected strength coach Dan John stresses that hinging is the most powerful and most important human movement for improved athletic performance.

Hinging is maximum movement at the hip (think, pushing your butt back to block someone out in basketball), with minimum movement at the knee (the knees don't bend much, but they are not locked out either).

Hinging is different than squatting which is maximum movement at both the hip and knee.

Athletes hinge a lot more than they squat. Example of athletic hinging (lots of hip, little knee) include:
- jump shots
- rebounds
- setup on the scrimmage line (position varied)
- throwing
- tackling
- swinging

At AGSP our athletes practice and strengthen their ability to hinge every single day. We coach them on how to properly hinge and how to properly apply this "most powerful and most important human movement" to their athletic ability.

The results of jumping higher, hitting harder, and throwing further speak for themselves.

Keep Training! 
Coach Amanda Kephart and Akron General Sports Performance

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