Here are some good reads for the week. Tomorrow I’ll post a blog about some new glute activation drills you can include in your warm-up. Cheers!

1. Tim Tebow Performing Single Leg Hip Thrusts

This is a great video from Stack Magazine. Some strong glutes right here!

2. Experiments With Intermittent Fasting by John Berardi

I haven’t gotten to read through all of this yet but a bunch of my colleagues liked it so I’m assuming it’s good stuff. John is someone I really look up to so I’m sure it’s a great read. Click here.

3. Ten Tips on Reading Research by Jade Teta

Jeff pretty much stole most of my thoughts on this topic and saved me from having to write a future blogpost on this topic as I can just link his article here.

4. Isolated Muscle Strains – Are There Always Underlying Causes? by Shon Grosse

I enjoyed this post by Shon as he’s a good friend of mine and is very well-versed in S&C and Physical Therapy methods. In training folks you’ll see this issue come up from time to time and it’s good to hear what a good physical therapist does to attempt to correct the situation.

5. Are You an Addict by Martin Rooney

I’m a big fan or Martin Rooney and in this post he breaks down the good, the bad, and the ugly in terms of health and fitness.

6. Darkthrone or Metallica: Which Training Are You? by Jim Wendler

I love Jim Wendler’s mindset. Here are some of Jim’s rules as it pertains to lifting weights.

7. Straightforward Knee Rehab by Anthony Mychal

I think that Anthony laid out a pretty good plan for folks who suffer from knee pain in this article.

8. Reading Research: Advances in the Understanding of Throwing Injuries of the Shoulder

I’m a big fan of Chris Beardsley’s blog as he always puts out good stuff. Here’s a post he wrote on shoulder stability and pathology.

9. These are a Few of My Favorite Things by Tony Gentilcore

I love reading other coaches’ lists in terms of favorite movements/exercises. Tony’s list is here.

10. Samurai Strength Episode 4: Hip Thrusts for Olympic Weightlifting

My buddy Nick Horton does an amazing job of explaining the hip thrust here. Actually I’ll embed his video below.


  • jeff teta says:

    Although I would love the credit for the 10 Tip on reading Research the credit goes to probably my distant cousin Jade Teta.. Not many of us around especially when our names are so close. Great post though =)

  • mike says:

    Not trying to be a hater here. You have got to admit Tebow’s form was pretty bad on the hip thrust. It looked like a fish flopping around. Brett i have watched a lot of your videos and the form on your people was dead on.

    • Bret says:

      Coaches have varying levels of acceptable form. I would personally be more strict but at least it’s not wimpy air thrusts 🙂 Sure I’d lighten the load and make him use more ROM up top and more control but one thing is for certain; he has some strong ass glutes!

      • mike says:

        Fare enough. My thought process is that if are lucky enough to bevable to train these athletes, inmy opinion form should be as dead on as possible. Why would you let your athlete settle for getting it half right. Im sorry i am just real passionate on this subject. I see it all the time people spending harx earned money and trainers allow them to perform the excersise half right. I feel that is a sign of a coach that is really not into the workout. The other point when people see these athletes working out they will think sloppy form is ok because thats how joe athlete did it so it must be right. I feel a coach in that position has a responsibility to the athlete and to the viewer to really show the correct way to do the excersise. Again just my opinion i am really passionate about this area.

        • Bobby K says:

          Maybe Bret could address the question of exercise form/speed as it relates to increased speed, athleticism, and functionality in sport. If a power athlete like Tebow (I realize he’s a QB)is performing slow, perfect form hip thrusts, would it actually have any carryover functionality to increased speed and performance on the playing field? Surely elite track and speed coaches aren’t using a “Super-Slo” protocol for any of their exercises, or are they? As an aside, it is obvious that the athletic world is discovering the Contreras Hip Thrust.

  • Keda says:

    Hi Bret, I notice that Nick Horton recommends that it’s not necessary to come all the way back down in the hip thrusts. Is that what you recommend as well? Which is better for hypertrophy, going all the way up and down or just concentrating on the hyper extension of the hips and only coming down a little bit? Thanks so much.

    • Nick Horton says:

      Keep in mind that the reason I don’t “require” athletes to go all the way down when I first teach them is because I’m only trying to get them to learn ONE thing at a time. First up: Full extension (hyperextension) of the hips! AKA, thrust! LOL

      Now, when you get up to 400+ pounds on it for reps with the goal of it being a strength exercise it’s often easier (I think) to go all the way down and reset each lift not unlike what you might do with a deadlift.

      I imagine that if hypertrophy was your goal then not going all the way down would help keep constant tension on the old bum.

      Dunno. But, I can tell you, lack of butt hypertrophy isn’t a problem with my lifters 🙂

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