A strong hip hinge is indicative of a strong core, upper back and glutes. A basic hip hinge is a great foundation exercises for any fitness program. Here are some tips to help you work through this exercise and how to build a strong hip hinge.



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How was your weekend, friends? I’m still in Texas, enjoying some warm weather. East coast readers, did you survive the snow?!

Today is FREE DAY for #ITBF and as such, I thought I’d take an extra day to share a few more tips about how to have a strong hip hinge. This is one of the moves I see performed incorrectly most often with clients and class participants, so hopefully taking an extra couple minutes to share a muscle building workout might help you out!

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The first thing you can do to test if you need a little extra help with the hip hinge is to whip out a broom stick, swiffer, or pvc pipe. We went over this briefly in the Learn & Burn: Back to Basics post. Feel free to check it out for more tips.

If you find that your back rounds, knees lock or you just can’t seem to get your booty back, this short muscle building workout is just for you!


  • Timer (I don’t go anywhere without my MiniMax)
  • Mat
  • Stability Ball Optional


You’ll complete 15 – 20 reps of each move, for 3 sets. Plank will be held for :15 sec, then off for :15 seconds. Repeat this for 4 rounds (or 2 minutes).


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  • BUTT TAPS: Stand upright, feet hip width apart, slight bend in knees, pelvis tucked with core engaged, shoulders back and down, head up, eyes looking straight ahead. Stand a foot or so in front of a wall. Tap butt towards the wall – knees will bend slightly. Keep back flat and hinge at the hip.
  • COBRA: On a mat, lay face down with hands under shoulders and elbows tight against ribs. Roll shoulders back and down (squeeze) and roll up slowly, keeping upper back muscles engaged and elbows tight to body. Pause at the top for a couple seconds and release back down.
  • SUPERMAN W/ROW: Lie on stomach, arms and legs stretched out. Actively engage core, glutes, and lower back muscles, as you bring your arms and legs off the ground, row arms, squeeze at the top, and return to start.
  • BALL COBRA: Move onto ball, so that stomach is on the ball (ladies, right under our girls). Place hands behind head with elbows out to the sides. Keeping core engaged and glutes squeezed, squeeze shoulder blades together as you move your chest up and lower back down. For a regression, place feet flush with wall as support.

These moves will help strengthen the upper back muscles (if the upper back rounds), as well as the core (to help get that booty back). Take this workout nice and slow – don’t try to rush through and get in all your reps. By taking it a bit slower, it makes you focus on your muscles more.

How was your weekend?! We spent a good majority of the weekend cleaning out an old house. The Hubs’ great-great aunt passed away a few months ago, so we came down to help clean out the house. It was like Hoarder’s (because there was SO.MUCH.STUFF) meets Antique Roadshow (because 98% of the stuff was ancient). Lots of cockroaches and bugs, but some seriously awesome items. Letters and things from the early 1900’s, 1st edition books (the Hubs was like a kid in a candy store) and old paintings. Even though we worked, we still relaxed a bit and the Bay is literally in the backyard!

Lot’s of things going on this week! Be sure to check in for some fun posts!

Do you have trouble with your hip hinge?
Are you a hoarder or do you like to throw things away?
What did you do this weekend?!



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