Hi Bret, your blog has taught me so much about glute training, so thank u for that. I have a question for you. I like to start my lower body training off with heavy compound movements such as squats and deadlifts, but I never feel the glute burn or achieve a glute pump when I do these lifts. I love gaining strength, but it wasn’t until I started doing hip thrusts that my glutes started growing appreciably. I now do total body training but I really miss feeling the burn and getting a pump like I did when I performed bodypart splits. And even then, I never trained glutes on their own day, so I’m not sure of the best way to go about achieving a glute pump or getting the biggest glute burn. I know that you’re the man to ask, so I thought I’d pose this question to you. Thanks for all that you do! – Selena
Ladies, I’ve got a new challenge for you (okay, men can do this challenge as well)! Over the course of the next month, I want you to be able to perform 100 non-stop bodyweight back extensions.
Like my other challenges, this isn’t for complete beginners, so make sure you have some training experience. This isn’t meant to replace your normal training program; it’s just a supplement. If your normal workout includes back extensions, take them out since you’ll be performing 12 sessions of them with bodyweight this month.
The first day should be fairly easy…most folks can achieve 20-back extensions pretty easily.
Hello fellow lifters, my name is Rob King and I am the owner of a Canadian (Newfoundland) gym called Heavyweights Training Center (HWTC). Bret’s note: I made an exception for Rob and had a unit shipped to him in Canada, we normally only ship to the US (Hip Thruster UK ships to Europe and other parts of the world).
At HWTC, we have coached everyone from pro fitness models, to National level competitive powerllifters, to Olympic weightlifters, to pro volleyball players, to clients who have completely transformed their physiques, to everyday people who simply want to feel and move better. In other words, we coach every type of person you can imagine.
In sports and in the weightroom, all muscles need to be strong and powerful. The body works in a series of kinetic chains to produce forceful, powerful, and coordinated movement. Nevertheless, some muscles are more important than others. And in the weightroom, prioritization is needed to make sure the lifter puts the majority of his or her efforts into the methods that deliver the biggest return.
What’s the Most Important Muscle for Total Athleticism?
If I had to choose one muscle, I’d say that the glutes are the most important muscle for total athleticism. After all, they’re heavily responsible for hip extension, hip external rotation, hip abduction, and posterior pelvic tilt, which means that they’re highly utilized in sprinting, jumping, landing, climbing, throwing, striking, swinging, turning, cutting from side to side, squatting, bending, lunging, cleaning, and snatching (basically all things athletic).