These two movements are presented together in a series because of their unique set up and similarity.
What is this unique set-up?
It Is…a subtle forward tilt – an “anterior-tilt” – of the pelvis, which leads actively into a hip-hinge.
There are specific reasons for this alteration of our usual “neutral spine” position – for these more advanced exercises. Keep reading.
- This slight anterior tilt is a more “athletic” position that mirrors a posture often used or recommended to maximize running speed and/or agility. It’s a true “sport-specific” or “run-specific” hip position.
- It’s a safe posture to perform exercises of this type.
- Importantly, this slight anterior tilt and subsequent hip-hinge pre-loads the posterior chain/hip extensor muscles. In other words, your hips will light up and engage automatically.
- Optimal centration of the head of the femur in the acetabulum.
Lastly, the real key lies in maintaining a neutral spine position over the pelvis – so that the motions we’ll use occur at the femoropelvic joints – and NOT at the thoracolumbar or lumboscaral junctions.
To put it much more simply: You’ll move THROUGH your hips vs. moving through your back! A very good thing!