We contend that the more ways we can train hip function in our athletes, the better they perform. We do not respect one hip-trick ponies. We want hip function fluency (HFF).
It really is rather simple. Training athletes to violently extend their hips through "easy" movements like the Snatch, builds real athletic capacity. If an athlete can complete a powerful hip extension movement while orienting their spine in the direction desired, then serious legit-ness has been facilitated.
Olympic lifting teaches athletes to fully open the loaded hip while transitioning the torso and spine into optimally upright position. Simple and effective.
James Mills (above) is a local professional Ballet dancer here in SF. He has spent the better part of his life learning to extend. It's not an accident that although he has been training with us for less than a year, he appears to have pretty solid HFF. Olympic lifting is just his latest. As he can attest, the better he gets at the snatch, the better he get's in everything else.
Now take a look at the Boz messing around below. How, you might say, is he so damn capable at not risking Diane's life. Simple, he's fluent.
Note the full hip and arm extension prior to lift off, with a spine pointing in the direction of travel. These traits are trained and learned. By the way, Boz is a pretty good Oly-lifter too.