In this week’s “Thursday Throwback”, I wanted to share another article from 2009 that highlights the progressive differences in fundamental lower body movement patterns and how force production from the involved musculature shifts as body angles change. This idea has been described using different terminology over the last several years, including Mike Boyle’s classification as exercises being more “knee-dominant” or “hip-dominant” or what I describe in Ultimate Hockey Training, simply, as lower body pushing or pulling patterns. Terminology aside, it’s important to recognize how subtle changes in body angle changed the emphasized musculature so that you can choose exercises based on the specific result you want. If you have any comments/questions, please post them below. Enjoy!
Fundamental Lower Body Movement Patterns
This Summer I started working with a ton of new athletes at Endeavor Sports Performance. These athletes had been training, but not with me.
Part of building a solid training base is learning the three fundamental lower body movement patterns:
The stiff-legged deadlift (SLDL) is largely a hip-dominant movement. You’ll maintain a slight knee bend, but the entire movement involves tilting the pelvis forward, then using your glutes and hamstrings to pull yourself back upright. The emphasis is almost entirely on the glutes and hamstrings.
It generally takes less than a month for the majority of my athletes to master these movements. Then it’s time to “load the hell out of them” and get them strong!
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