What’s the difference between a hinge and a squat? Understanding these differences can help you to have a clearer picture of what certain exercises should look like (i.e. Deadlifts vs. Squats)
The main difference between a squat and a hinge (deadlift) is the joint which plays the primary role in the execution of each pattern. In a squat, there is a greater emphasis on the knee joint, whereas in the hinge pattern, there is a greater emphasis on the hip joint.
In the squatting pattern, the hips will most likely be below the knees, and there will be a forward shin angle. In the hinging pattern (deadlifts), the hips will be above the knees, and there will be little to no forward shin angle.