As I am sure most of you know, teaching the hip hinge pattern should be one of the first things you do with your new clients. I know you have probably read a ton of articles on effective cuing and performance, but I never think it hurts to have too many cues.
When someone is first learning this pattern, it is very common to see excessive extension in the low back. This is most likely due to a faulty pattern in which the person has learned to stabilize with their passive structures (i.e. approximating the vertebrae of their spine) instead of using their active structures (i.e. muscles such as obliques). It is "easy" to just rely on passive structures for support and stabilization because you do not have to work as hard. However, over time this can lead to wear and tear and injury.
|Good hand position - now she needs to push her ribs down!|
Lastly, this is also a great tip because if I say "ribs" to one of my clients they know exactly what I mean and fix their low back position. And as I mentioned in my last post (HERE), you want your cuing to be as succinct as possible.
Give this cue a shot and let me know what you think.
NOTE: This cue does not necessarily teach someone to move from their hips. If someone is struggling with moving from the hips, then I look at a progression scheme that goes from supine to quadruped to kneeling to standing. Some examples are:
Supine: Supine straight leg raise
Quadruped: Rock Back
Kneeling: Tall Kneeling Squat
Standing: Hip Hinge
Have a great week everyone!!