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An Excellent Body Transformation Powered by Serious Glute Strength

By March 19, 2015December 29th, 2016Glute Training, Glutes

Ladies and gentlemen, please allow me to introduce you to Roselyn Kennedy, a regular badass. Here’s how I came to learn about Roselyn. Last week, I was tagged in an Instagram post – I think it was her husband Frank who tagged me. Anyway, the video showcased Roselyn hip thrusting 500 lbs for 2 reps. Since Roselyn has some of the strongest glutes I’ve ever seen, I was curious to find out exactly how she trains. I decided to email her to inquire about her training, and we ended up exchanging several emails with one another.

Roselyn and her husband Frank Kennedy own United Cross Training, a gym based in Sugar Land, Texas. She recently lost 23 lbs over a 9 month period, check out the results!


Roselyn’s 9 month physique transformation. 163 lbs on the left, 140 lbs on the right at a height of 5’6″. Look at those abs!!!

Over the past year, Roselyn busted her ass, setting squat, deadlift, and hip thrust PRs. She can squat 255 lbs, deadlift 325 lbs, hip thrust 500 lbs x 2 reps, and hip thrust 365 lbs x 10 reps. When she set her squat and deadlift PRs, she weighed 140 lbs, but she’s recently put 7 lbs back on which is when she set her hip thrust PRs. Below are the videos:

Squat 255 lbs

Deadlift 325 lbs

Hip thrust 365 lbs x 10 reps

Another view of the hip thrust 365 lbs x 10 reps


Roselyn is not happy with the technique in her squat video, apparently she was trying out a closer stance when she hit that weight  because she was dealing with a injury (her fibula popped out of placed). She usually  has a wider stance on her squats, but It was a PR with a different stance.

Not to take the spotlight off of Roselyn – she’s the rockstar here. But one thing that I find interesting is that she fits a particular profile I’ve noticed – the decent squatter/good deadlifter/great hip thruster with a high-hipped roundback maximal deadlifting style profile. Roselyn, Sammie, and myself all fit this profile. Each of us are much stronger at the deadlift compared to the squat. Each of us pull with high hips and rounded backs when maxing out. And each of us can hip thrust a ton. I think that our glute strength is far superior to our quad strength, and this leads to less impressive squats, roundback maximal pulls, and serious hip thrust power. I hope to one day get to conduct research on this hypothesis using isokinetic dynamometry, but below is a chart showing our strength (I had to use an online calculator to estimate some of the 1RMs).


I asked Roselyn about her training program, and she was kind enough to send it to me:


Back Squat

6 Reps @ 45%

6 Reps @ 55%

6 Reps @ 65%

6 Reps @ 70%

6 Reps @ 75%

6 Reps @ 80%

1 Rep @ 85%

1 Rep @ 90%

1 Rep @ 92%


6 Reps @ 85%

Barbell Walking Lunges

6 Reps / 4 Sets @ 145lbs.


5 sets of supersets of:

Dumbbell Row’s 10 Reps

Close Grip Bench Press 8 Reps

5 sets of supersets of: 

Pull Ups 8 Reps

Bodyweight Back Extensions 20 Reps

5 sets of supersets of: 

Underhand Grip Barbell Rows 10 Rep’s

1 Min Planks


Hip Thrust

20 Rep’s @ 70%

10 Rep’s @ 75%

6 Rep’s @ 80%

5 Rep’s @ 85%

3 Rep’s @ 80%

1 Rep @ MAX

Sprints / Meter’s

5 @ 20

4 @ 30

3 @ 40

2 @50

1 @ 60

3 @ 40

5 @ 20


5 sets of supersets of:

Push Ups 15 Reps

Hanging Leg Lift’s

5 sets of supersets of: 

Hang Cleans 8 Reps

Balanced Deadlifts 12 Reps

Mid Incline Bench Press

5 X 5 @ 75%

Seated Banded Hip Abduction 20 Reps 5 Sets


Repeat Mondays Training, Cancel out Deadlifts and replace with:

4 sets of supersets of:

Stiff Leg Dead-Lifts 8 Reps

Box Squats 6 Reps


Every 16 Days she changes Hip thrust to 3 times a week one day would be volume EX:

1st Day Reps 20,10,6,5,3,1

2nd Day Reps Bodyweight 20 X 5

3rd Day Reps 6 X6 @80%

Also, she changes Squatting to 3 times a week 2 days would be volume EX:

1st Day Reps 8,5,3,1

2nd Day Reps 12 X 5 @ 65 – 67%

3rd Day Reps 20 X 3 Bodyweight

The accessory work varies depending on goals and weaknesses at that time.

Here are the links to United Cross Training’s social media:

United Cross Training YouTube
United Cross Training Instagram
United Cross Training Facebook
United Cross Training Twitter
United Cross Training Website

Keep it up Roselyn and Frank!

One Comment

  • Ivana says:

    Hi Bret,

    I love this site and frequently send your blog link to all of my girlfriends. I think I fit the description you mentioned. I’ve started your Strong Curves program exactly 2 months ago and can hip thrust at 205 at 3 sets of 10 (maybe higher because I got tired of adding weights). However, my squats are average, around 55lbs, and my deadlifts are in the mid-120s.


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