Hip thrusts are one of the most direct glute developing exercises you can do. One primary function of the glutes is to extend the hips. Getting down to the nitty gritty and doing a barbell loaded version of just that is a ticket to gains. One thing though: It’s easy to get caught up lifting plenty of weight and loading up on this exercise – and as a result it’s easy to let the actual glute activation fall through the cracks (no pun intended) and be compensated for by the hamstrings, low back, and even quads. Make sure they’re firing before increasing the load you lift.
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