11. Hips In

The theory of “Hips In” relates to our “Posturing” and “Process of Movement” videos.

In posturing, the act of “hips in” involves transferring weight from your hands to your feet.

The only time your hips are not in, is when you are looking for your feet. Otherwise, you should almost always keep the hips in. This helps keep weight off of your hands.

Most good climbers try to keep their hips into wall, depending on the particular move they are making at that specific time. When in doubt, keep your hips in. Arms are often straight, shoulders are back, and center of gravity is in towards the wall.

By keeping the hips in, a climber focuses more weight on the feet. Again, this lessens the weight on your hands.

Sometimes your hips will be squared and front-facing to the wall. Other times, your hips will be sideways, but still in close to the wall. This sideways hip movement is often used in conjunction with the “backstepping” and “drop knee” skills associated with steep climbing.

On advanced moves, you will probably include techniques such as backstepping, drop knees, edging, and flagging, along with the use of hip transitions from centered to sideways. Please see our additional videos that describe these key concepts.

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