Every now and then, friends and former clients who've moved away will send along a video of theirswing. "Does this look right?!" or "What am I doing wrong?!" etc. And before we even get to the fact of the different legitimate styles of swings (I practice and teach the hardstyle swing, but there's also a GS "Girvoy Sport" style of swing, CrossFit etc.), there are tons of very questionable videos out there online. The questionable videos are often aimed at women and that of course drives me bonkers. So, with very little prompting it's easy enough to get me to run outside and shoot a video or two to help people who might need a few pointers to really dial-in their hardstyle swings.
No matter how much we talk about the hip hinge, revisiting it is always time well spent. In fact it's a good idea to revisit the hip hinge whenever your swing just isn't... feeling right or if you're wondering why a weird little 5'3" 125-130lb almost-middle-aged woman with a questionable hairdo is able to swing a 106lb .
Considering the skill, time, and practice required to really get good (and safe) withswings, a challenge that surfaces many times for instructors, trainers, and coaches is in the form of someone I call a "fit beginner". In other words, this person may come into your gym with a high degree of athleticism, already in shape, and with great strength and endurance. But they are coming to you because they want to learn the skills necessary to take their training to the next level - or because of their gym experience they know they need your help as an or instructor to learn about the right way first. YES, the Fit Beginner does exist, I've trained several of them (and they're awesome!).
First off, Happy 4th to all my American friends! :)
People ask me a LOT of questions daily—somtimes I even know the answers! Granted, a lot of the questions don't have clear cut answers, but are very individualized. For instance - someone asked if they should get competition styleor the cast iron (pretty sure you regular readers already know at least part of my answer). Like anything though, it depends on what you're doing. If you aspire to compete in GS, then you should absolutely get competition . No question.
So much inspiration and creativity stemming from the recent visit to NYC, Nimble Fitness, Equinox, and of course 's Saturday Morning class. This particular workout's "warm up" was directly influenced by the warmup from Al's class I attended. Lacking access to Thompson Square Park, I came up with a simple circuit punctuated with our favorite 2 hand swings (I had a variety of available so the exercises could be performed properly with the right amount of weight etc.).
We chose a nice shaded area with a large concrete pad, did our favoritewarm up then proceeded to traverse down and back on the large pad with the following: