Can you attain great glutes without the hip thrust? Sure you can. There are hundreds of excellent glute exercises, and I’ve included nearly all of them in my various books, articles, and videos. Can you get there faster with the hip thrust? I believe so, and my large following of supporters do too.
There are currently tens if not hundreds of thousands of lifters worldwide employing the hip thrust to help them attain better glute development, and this list of people is growing everyday. Why? Because it works. Lifters hear about the hype, and they try it out for themselves. Once they feel the tension in their glutes, they’re sold. After a few weeks of progressive hip thrusting, they start to notice increased glute development. If an individual is new to lifting and spends a solid year focusing on hip thrusts, it is very likely that their glutes will completely transform. Men, and especially women, want to spread the word, so they talk about the exercise on social media. Other lifters try it out for themselves, and the exercise gains momentum. (On a side note, thank you very much to all the wonderful folks out there who are spreading the glute gospel and tagging me in their social media posts. It’s helping, and you’re making a difference.)
noun \ˈgu̇r-(ˌ)ü, ˈgü-(ˌ)rü also gə-ˈrü\
: a religious teacher and spiritual guide in Hinduism
: a teacher or guide that you trust
: a person who has a lot of experience in or knowledge about a particular subject
If we take the Merriam-Webster definition shown above, being a guru is a good thing, right? Well, not exactly. Let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about gurus:
Guru (Devanagari गुरु) is a Sanskrit term for “teacher” or “master”, especially in Indian religions. The Hindu guru-shishya tradition is the oral tradition or religious doctrine or experiential wisdom transmitted from teacher to student. In the United States, the word guru is a marketing term used by ad agencies and the meaning of “guru” has been used to cover anyone who acquires followers. In the west derogatory uses have been noted whereby gurus exploit their followers’ naiveté, due to the use of the term in new religious movements.
I’ve been interviewed many times in the past several years, and a recurring question that I receive is, “What’s the biggest problem in the Strength & Conditioning industry?” I used to think that the biggest problem was the gurus. See HERE to learn how gurus typically operate.
These days I know better. Basic economic principles describe the laws of supply and demand. When a simple service is in great demand, good businessmen will rise to the occasion and supply that service.
Guruism, as the late, great Mel Siff used to call it, refers to the recent phenomenon whereby individuals accept anything that comes out of their guru’s mouth without question. I stumbled across an article last week by Wisconsin strength coach Steve Myrland titled Guru-ism And The Decline Of Coaching that hit the nail on the head. I highly encourage you to click HERE to download the pdf. Here are a few quotes from the article:
For the past couple of years, an influential fitness professional by the name of Lyle McDonald has been bashing me in public forums including Facebook.
It seems that whenever another individual praises me, Lyle shows up from out of nowhere and fabricates stories about my work and calls me names. Whenever I’ve stepped in and tried to clear up any confusion, Lyle vanishes and won’t respond.
Despite my attempts to reach Lyle, he continues to bash me and continues to attempt to discredit my work. In fact, I sent him an email the other day asking him for a reply, yet predictably he didn’t respond.