- Neutral Spine: Maintaining good spinal alignment decreases the stress placed on the spine and discs.
- Hip Hinging: Bending at the hips, and not the low back, decreases the stress placed on the low back and increases strength & power.
Bend your elbows at a 90-degree angle and you are in the “Primary Power Zone”
Important points to note:
- The area up to the shoulders and down to the hips is acceptable.
- The more you can work in the “power zone” the less fatigue on your body
Without bending forward, contract the abdominal muscles (like you are about the get punched in your gut – feel them tighten with one hand) and the buttock muscles (as if you are holding in a bowel movement). You will feel the lower back muscles contract (with the other hand) when you contract your abs and buttocks.
Once you're confident you've got this, it's time to move on to the next module.