What is Triple Extension?

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Triple extension is a common movement performed with many different activities. Some of these activities include Olympic lifting, jumping rebounds, sprinting and even gymnastic movements like back flips. A key point to remember with a triple extension are the 3 joints that perform the movement: 

  • Hip extension
  • Knee extension
  • Ankle plantarflexion

There are other movements that you may hear about that can be tied with a triple extension (e.g. shoulder retraction) but for the simplicity of this post, we just focus on the basics of a triple extension.  Here's a great video illustrating the movement and a few exercises that can be used to develop a perfect triple extension.

What other exercises have you done that implements a triple extension movement? I hope you enjoyed this brief post, and look forward to seeing your comments!