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Hip Thrust/ Glute Thrusts…The good, the bad, and the ugly

Dec 14th 2021

Hip Thrust/ Glute Thrusts…The good, the bad, and the ugly

Hip thrusts are the exercises that everyone is doing (or should be doing) and has gained rapid popularity and become the hottest trend in the fitness industry. The glutes are the most powerful muscle in your body! If your glutes are under developed, your strength, power, and speed are all compromised for sports performance and functional movement.

Hip thrusts build strength and size in your glutes in a way that many other exercise cannot, and experts agree that they provide benefits for many people, from athletes to adults over the age of 65.

Glute strength is important for stabilization of your core, pelvis, and lower body.

The hip thrust motion mainly targets glutes, both the gluteus maximus and gluteus medius, as well as the hamstrings. Your quads, core, and hip adductors will be working as well!

Strong glutes promote athletic abilities, like jumping, sprinting, and changing directions. In general, strong glutes are key to good mobility.

Tip: A Better Way to Hip Thrust

The traditional barbell hip thrust is performed using a low bench or box jump, a barbell, weights, and a squat pad. This is when you place an Olympic bar loaded with weights directly on the upper thigh, directly below the pelvic region. Performing the hip thrust can be tricky, since the exerciser has to get underneath a loaded bar and maneuver it into position, and then control the weight during the course of the exercise.

An added perk? A nicely lifted and round Booty

Some of the cons of the hip thrust are: the equipment and space required.

One of the biggest downsides of the hip thrust is the equipment required. Not only will you require a barbell and bumper plates, you’ll also need a thick squat pad to go around the bar, and a bench or padded box.

The other con, there is a large amount of room for improper form.

The solution is this… Get a hip thrust machine! Hip Thrust machines give you the full benefits of the hip thrust exercise, simply, safely, and with good form. They promote good biomechanics and balanced weight curve.

The benefits of a hip thrust machine:

  • 1)Proper Biomechanics
  • 2)Optimal load curve
  • 3)Full range of motion
  • 4)Full Glute engagement
  • 5)Full Spinal Support
  • 6)Essential for total Athleticism
  • 7)Frees up benches and barbells for other gym members

There are three options available for these machines

1) The original Nautilus Glute Drive (View HERE)

2) The Booty Builder (Available in pin Stack, Plate loaded, or bands only) (View HERE)

3) The Bodykore Hip Thrust (View HERE)