Looking for a New Way to Target the Glutes? Try Hip Thrusts (video)

Hip thrusts are one of my favorite exercises for shaping the glutes. The glutes are our powerhouse so it’s important to incorporate exercises to keep it strong and functional. It’s not done often enough but should be included in a well-rounded (pun intended) glute workout. It’s important for building strength, speed and power and is considered a hip extension exercise. Hip thrusts target the glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors and lower back muscles.

The hip thrust is sometimes confused with a hip bridge. The difference is that a hip thrust is done in an elevated position (on a bench or a step) with a barbell or weights. A glute bridge for the most part is done on the floor mostly with no weights. To do a hip thrust, start in a seated position with your feet flat on the floor and hip width apart. Come up into a bridge placing your shoulder blades onto the bench, not your neck. Place a barbell onto your hip crease (you can use a pad if needed).