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Are you really using the Hinge?

The Hinge movement is the underlying power behind the Deadlift, the KB Swing, the KB Clean, and the KB Snatch.  While it is taught in different manners depending on the tool being used (bar, KB, sandbag, etc.) the fundamental concept is the same: use the legs to drive and transfer the energy into the hips to complete the motion.  Sounds simple but you would be amazed at how many people are doing anything but the Hinge...

The following video gives you a safe and effective way to find out if you are really driving with the legs when you Hinge or if you are pulling with your back and head.  Please don't attempt this test with a KB as it will not turn out well for the person being tested.  Suffice it to be said that you are going to find that most people are generating power in the Hinge from pulling the upper body back and up and not really driving from the ground up.  Give it a try and see for yourself! :)



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