Since Instagram is so popular right now, I decided to put together a 22-day series of quick educational posts.

For the next 22 days I will post a quick video or photo that will cover various topics; from fitness to nutrition to living a healthy lifestyle.

The goal is to share some fitness and wellness information that will help you with your health-related goals.

DAY 6 OF 22

Today’s post is about Hip Hinge Starters.

Moving from your hips is a basic human movement pattern…yet one we’ve forgotten how to do correctly. Think about some common everyday activities…sitting and standing from a chair, picking something up off the floor, jumping out of the way of a crazy driver on King’s Road…these all involve a hip hinging pattern.



In the fitness world, this pattern translates to many exercises; Deadlifts, Kettlebell swings, cleans, snatches, to name a few. Before we add load to the movement, let’s make sure we are hinging properly.

These are 4 variations I like to use to ensure correct form before progressing:
1. TRX Rip-resisted hinge
2. Dowel hip hinge
3. KB “handcuff” hinge
4. Plate-to-chest hinge 


About Doug Balzarini
Doug Balzarini, CSCS, MMA-CC, is the owner of DB Strength, which provides fitness training, education, and resources. He is also the strength and conditioning coach for Alliance MMA where he works with UFC Champion Dominick Cruz, Bellator Champion Michael Chandler, Phil Davis, Brandon Vera, Travis Browne, Ross Pearson, Alexander Gustafsson, and more. Prior to starting his own business, Doug worked at Fitness Quest 10 as a personal trainer, strength coach, and Operations Director for Todd Durkin Enterprises (TDE).  

He has completed some graduate work in Biomechanics at SDSU and has obtained multiple certifications including ACE, NSCA-CSCS, MMA-CC, TFW Level 1, TRX instructor training, RIP training, CrossFit Level-1 Training, EFI Gravity instructor training, LIFT Sandbag Certification, and FMS training. He has produced his 2 DVD projects on strength training for combat athletes, appeared in many fitness videos and articles, and was a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter” FOX TV show in 2012.

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