Today’s mission is to explore the relationship between torso position and hip range of motion. As it turns out, you are an entropic, torque avoiding, force dumping beast of an animal. As you should be. Subsistence Torque Farming is expensive. So when you get the chance to dunk a basket ball or land from a depth jump, you will always opt for a vertical shin and a forward leaning torso. (This is the best way to max out your rear wheel drive system AND minimize shear at the knee naturally. Obvs.) The problems start to accumulate when you start adding the needs of an upright torso. Suddenly your slash and burn/subsistence torque farming practices aren’t enough. You’ve got to create enough torsion force through your kinetic chain to keep your torso upright AND minimize knee load shear. God forbid you may be missing some little,tiny, critical piece of your hip ROM. Oh, but this MWod goes to eleven. Not only are you going to have to keep your torso upright, but you are going to have to spontaneously constitute a position of high stability out of a low torque position of transition. This as it turns out is what happens when you change direction in sport (cutting), land after blocking at the net, or have to run for cover after getting up from a sprawled position.
Mission: Try all three jumps. What does each tell you about your hip and ankle ROM and your motor control?