Hip Speed: The gateway to a power athlete

Hip speed is the most important asset to a power athlete. Everything from sprinting to vertical jump to broad jump are all driven by hip speed. The best lift I have found to increase hip speed is the snatch. It takes years to master, but even novices can benefit from light weight snatches. I always make sure my athletes can squat (below parallel), front squat and overhead squat correctly before even attempting a snatch. Another observation I have made is that full snatches also increases hip mobility. Hip mobility is so critical to explosive movement due to the fact that the greater range of motion we have in our hips and pelvis, the more power we can apply to the ground.  And as is the case with the fastest cars, boats and planes in the world…Increase power, increase speed!