The Foundations section of the Level 1 Cert Manual is clear:
“Powerful hip extension alone is necessary and nearly sufficient for elite athletic performance. That is, our experience has been that no one without the capacity for powerful hip extension enjoys great athletic prowess, and nearly everyone we’ve met with that capacity was a great athlete.”
Hip extension is key to success in CrossFit, and it’s just as essential to strongman lifts. Rob Orlando from Hybrid Athletics demonstrates the importance of violent hip opening by having an athlete lift a stone, a keg and a log.
By mastering this important athletic movement, you’re setting yourself up for success, whether you’re performing a snatch, lifting an atlas stone, spiking a volleyball or tackling a running back.
Additional reading: The Power of Dynamic Pulling Exercises by Bill Star, published Dec. 5, 2008.