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Technique Tuesday – Hip Drive in the Squat

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Want to make your squats FLY this week?

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So.. you may be wondering why the hell I’m grabbing this fine gentleman’s haunches.

He’s learning Hip Drive.

Many people think of squats being powered by the legs, specifically the quads.

But the hip extensors (glutes, hamstrings, adductors) are the strongest muscle group we have. Your body knows this, and we are going to use it to our advantage.

In the squat, we want to initiate the movement out of the bottom by forcing our hip to extend, which in combination with the legs extending creates a ton of force.

This is what the fella above is learning.

This way, we can transfer the force effectively from the floor to the bar, using our strongest muscles to overcome the weight on our back.

No matter what squat variation you do: low bar, high bar, front squats, SSB it is helpful to think of the weight of the bar being IN YOUR HIPS not on your back.

This way, as you squat down and drive back up, you are envisioning using your hips to move the load.

In the bottom, think about driving your hips straight up to move the bar.

I’ve seen people add 50lbs to their squat by utilizing this concept alone.

I squatted for way too long before learning this.

Changing one concept on your lifts in the gym can make a huge difference in the effectiveness of your program.

Let us know how we can help you achieve your goals.

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