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I wrote a post a little while back about the usefulness of kettlebell training when used with good form and technique coupled with intelligent programming. (To read it click here.) In light of how well that post did, ( thank you) I decided to continue with the same premise and break down a bit more how kettlebell and its movements can and will train your core.

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Before we begin the practical part of this post, I think it is important to realize exactly what the core is. One simple way to understand exactly what our core is as humans is the saying, “that if I cut off my arms, head and lower leg, there is my core.” So you see our middle as humans is more than just the abs and obliques. (To learn more about this subject, click here.)

Now that we have that out-of-the-way let’s get to the topic at hand: 6 Ways kettlebells can work your core.

The swing works the core:
It is a well-known and accepted fact that the kettlebell swing works the glutes and hamstrings. However, it does even more than that in its proper execution, those two other aspects as I stated earlier are part of your middle. Yet, the swing when done in the hard-style format will also train your abs. In order to make this happen one must brace the abs as if they were going to get punched on the top of the swing. This also serves as a veritable brake to stop the low back from hyper extending at the lockout of the swing.
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The Overhead Press works the core:
The body has a highway of sorts on which we transfer energy from the floor into a movement. The overhead press is a perfect example of the concept, in which we wedge ourselves between the floor and the kettlebell that you desire to press. The glutes, abs, lats, diaphragm and so on are activated in order to achieve the overhead move in a way that is safe and strong.

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The Kettlebell front squat trains the core:
The kettlebell racked squat is both an anti-rotational drill when done with one bell and a heck of an abs exercise when done with two. It once again hits the glutes as we hip extend, trains the pelvic floor, (more on that in the future) diaphragm when we use proper breathing patterns and so much more. This move is also a great one to teach a lifter good technique to begin to train the squat with barbells.

The Turkish Get-up works the core:
The Get-up is an awesome exercise. It teaches the practitioner to stabilize their shoulder and to move at the same time. It also works hip mobility, and shoulder mobility. But for the sake of this post it has been shown by E.M.G. to work all of the muscles of the core throughout the movement. It has built into a rolling pattern, spinal stability/shoulder stability and so-on. It is safe to say that the Get-up is an awesome exercise that saves time and trains multiple movements at the same time!

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The Single leg deadlift works the core:
This move is both a stability and strength exercise. It is also anti-rotational exercise depending on where you place the bell in correlation to the move. This exercise when coupled with the right loading will lead to you having to use an abs brace to produce the force needed to lift the loading that you are using off the floor. Give it a shot and see!

Carries work your core:
Loaded carries can be like magic to those who never do them. These moves when used appropriately can bring balance to your muscles in patterns. Train shoulder stability, anti-rotation, build strength and just make you feel plain great! Click on the link above to learn more about them and to learn how to do most of the variations.

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When most people think of the core they think abs and having a “six-pack.” I hope that after you read this post that there is much more than that to it than just a muscle and a look. Your core being balanced and things working well can lead to less pain in your low back and many other issues; it is also important for your performance as a fit person and or if you are an athlete.

So if you aren’t begin to train these moves and if you don’t know how, learn from a qualified, certified instructor in order to get all of the benefits that come training with kettlebells with good form and intelligent programming

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 Warning

 

This week’s workout is an intense one that involves advanced movements. So make sure that you have spent adequate time on the basics of these exercises before you dive in full on and get busy blasting fat with this intense complex.

For those who have been following this blog for awhile know that I enjoy kettlebell complexes and advanced kb moves.

This week’s workout is an advanced kettlebell complex involving: Gorilla Cleans, Renegade rows and pushups.

The rep ranges for these moves are: 10, 5, 5 and rest a while after because this particular complex should be done with pretty heavy weight for you!

 

 

ONCE AGAIN WE HAVE YOUR GUIDELINES FOR SUCCESS.

  • Do all of your sets and reps with quality form. Crap only produces crap!
  • Breathe by matching your breathing with each pattern
  • Rest as much as you need to and no more.
  • Tough it out while working out ( keep in mind the results)
  • Enjoy the fat blasting effect  and raised metabolism.

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Programming and creating a workout that is effective for the long-haul of training is not as easy as one may think. Especially when the person that is in front of you is an advanced client. You see just adding weight on to a bar or going to a heavier kettlebell is not enough and can lead to burn out and failure to progress any further in your training and fitness goals. It can also lead to an overuse injury, if you simply try the same approach or if you endeavor to simple just do something without rational programming and thought.

This week’s workout is a way to get some more overhead work in with some extra volume but without completely using up your reserve and without going too far into what may be dangerous territory as you train. It is done by combining a chain ( the same exercise done at three or more bell using heavier or lighter weight as you go along.) and a ladder (adding or taking reps away to increase volume or to go heavier.)

 

 

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Weekly Kettlebell Workout: A Pressing chain that is harder than you think

 

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This week’s workout is done by doing: 

Overhead presses at three bells each a bit heavier than the next at 3 to 5 reps
(If you only have one bell do a ladder of adding more reps in each round.)

Going back to the beginning and then doing push presses at each bell of 5 reps each

Finally doing the same thing but jerks at 3 to 5 each 

Make sure to do both sides and rest up to 5 minutes after each round, in order to fully recover and to lift safely each round.

Do two the three rounds 

Enjoy and see the video below to see how it is done!

The guidelines for success:

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  • Do all of your sets and reps with quality form. Crap only produces crap!
  • Breathe by matching your breathing with each pattern
  • Rest as much as you need to and no more.
  • Tough it out while working out ( keep in mind the results)
  • Enjoy the fat blasting effect  and raised metabolism.
Also as a gift to you; I want to share with you my free videos series on how to do the kettlebell swing properly for strength and conditioning,  Click here for it.

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As I was stuck inside on a Saturday due to the snow storm Jonas, I decided to take a look and edit some old You-Tube videos on my channel found here; I found an older workout and decided to make good on my promise to do a tutorial for the Gorilla clean.

Now before I go on, let me say if you don’t have the one and two bell clean down with at least half bodyweight for ten don’t do this move just yet. Take the time to develop your form and hip drive, soft landing in the rack and so-on. I have seen too many people over the years try to rush the process rather than to earn it and it has led to some problems in the long run. So be wise friends.

 

 

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Now that I got my moral obligation out of the way and if you meet this criteria, then let’s get busy on how to do this kettlebell exercise. This move has a few different components to it that make it different from your basic clean variations.

 

 

1.It starts from the top down

2. It has a sort of squatty catch

3. It Requires more attention to details

Benefits:

1.It teaches control

2. It uses a different pattern (same but different)

3.It makes you think (for the reasons given above)

4. It is fun!

Start off slow and develop good habits and techniques and then have fun training with this kettlebell drill. Enjoy it friends

The swing is a great move for fat-loss, sports conditioning, strength work and many other applications for training for fitness. As well as with the proper instruction, it is relatively easy to learn and can be used to condition in pretty safe and very low impact way.

These preceding factors amongst many others inspired me to create a workout using this move as the center piece of it and to bring you a workout that is simple but challenging. That will help you get leaner, stronger and make your heart love you. ( after the session of course.)

Weekly Workout: The hold on swing workout

This workout is super simple to do, all that you need is a timer, relatively heavy kettlebell and mental toughness to finish it.

It is done by doing the following:

45 seconds of one or one or two handed swings,

5 to  10 pushups or a plank if you do push-ups yet, (25 sec.hold)

Once again we have your guidelines for success

  • Do all of your sets and reps with quality form. Crap only produces crap!
  • Breathe by matching your breathing with each pattern
  • Rest as much as you need to and no more.
  • Tough it out while working out ( keep in mind the results)
  • Enjoy the fat blasting effect  and raised metabolism.

Click here to get my Ultimate Kettlebell swing Tutorial and workout series. This series will not teach you the swing,  but show you  how to train with it to get to your goals!

I am thankful that my job is one that makes a difference. I don’t know how often I have blessed to help people realize their true strength and ability to endure through my teaching and training programs. I can’t count the times that people who have trained with me thought they couldn’t do something and with the right progression and programming bam, they did!

Just the other day on my kettlebell group I had a bunch of members press a heavier kettlebell with one arm that was two to four sizes than they have ever done. I have had two clients get their first pull-up in their life in the last two weeks and other such feats of budding strength.

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(Kevin O nailing his first pull up)

Yet, it seems like there is resistance when it comes to doing challenging moves and developing killer strength. I often encounter excuses when it is time to move on in a programming that someone has been training to do that move. A big one is chin-ups, I often hear statements that lack confidence such as : “that would be nice if I could do one” and so-on. We often think that moves such as chin-ups and pistols are for the few “freaks” and that we will never be able to do them. However, when we think that way, we limit ourselves and don’t realize that the person doing them is human as well.

(If I can, then you can too!)

Here is the thing though, you will need to train specifically of you have a goal like that. You also will need to learn how to program and progress, you will have to stick to a routine, in spite of the fear of boredom. Then you finally, you will have to adjust to what is going on in your life.

Just remember, you are stronger than you think and with some good training, you can also achieve awesomeness and develop the moves that you want to. So get working and do awesome things!

As a bonus here is a a client that embodies this mindset and knows that she is strong:

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When I was still fighting as a boxer, the group and coach that I worked with realized the need for strength training to make you a better athlete. However, I am not sure how effective the program that we were doing was at doing that; it was a lot of slow stuff in the weight room , followed by slow running. I am not saying that slow is bad if the right reason is given to do it  and for a set time. I think however that one of our biggest training mistakes is that we didn’t do exercises to build power and explosiveness on a consistent basis and as a result , we probably missed out on being better athletes.

Even though I am no longer boxing , I recently realized that I need to develop explosive power and as a result have created this program geared around that goal and that program is the one that I am sharing with you today. So if you want to be more explosive and or if you want a different program to do for a while keep on reading and then get working.

Strength: Every program that enhances athleticism should have a time period carved out to develop strength. To me how you go about doing this is not as important as doing it. I prefer powerlifting and the three big lifts, along with accessory exercises that help you in a weak area. Olympic lifting also works to develop strength as well. So don’t get caught up in the how so much, just get stronger!

Once you have done this for your set amount of weeks, you will now want to work on building power  in two different ways: one, you will want use Olympic lifting, heavy Kettlebells and so on to build power. Two: you will want to develop explosive power or convert you strength into power. This is done by doing plyometrics, med ball work, light to medium sized kettlebells, sand bags, dumbbells and possibly barbells.

Power and the ability to explode and or move quickly is associated with the ability to become a better athlete in many regards. Explosive power is linked to speed and even more efficient endurance performance in my opinion. It is the a need for anyone that wants to perform at their top-level if they play a sport as well as those who want to change the focus of their workout for a while in order to better avoid over-training.

Just before we get into the program itself, let’s review how to become more explosive. Strength training and getting stronger in and of itself will most likely not be enough to produce this quality. It does however have a need in the process and also may I mention there is some research that says if the intent to move heavy weight quickly is present the explosive muscles fibers are activated and one becomes more explosive as a result. In spite of this fact, this blogger feels that both are needed to enhance performance.

Without further ado my friends we have the program:

As any long-term program goes this is one is a progressive and builds up as it goes along.

This is a 6 week program

Day 1:
Velocity based training day

Barbell cleans ; 50% of your one rep max
Week 1: 6 x 3 sets 2 minutes rest move the weight as fast as possible (thus the light weight)
Supersetted with half kneeling chop and lifts 15 to 25 lbs 8 reps x 2 sets

Week 2 to 4:

Add in a rep on each set
Week 3: move it faster
Week 4: add in another set
Week 5: adjust , work on technique move the weight faster and so-on
Week 6: add 5 lbs to the bar

The chop and lifts should progress from load to lunge position for 2 weeks to single leg supported
Push press 50% 1 rep max 8 x 2 sets as fast as possible 3 minutes rest (please follow this rest exercise is cumulative and not just about 1 session)

This should be treated the same as the clean in its progression throughout the weeks

Y,T, M,s 2x 4 each

Shuttle run:

week one 4 sets 40 yards 30 seconds rest

week 2 add in a round

Week 3 : get all of your rest down to 30 seconds

Week 4: add in a round

Week 5: Go faster

Week 6: add in a round

Day 2: Strength day:
This is the one day of grinds you can possibly put in any move that you want to work on, just don’t go crazy!

I chose snatch grip deadlifts, in order to see if they help make my chin-up stronger.

Week 1: Snatch grip dead lift 60% one rep max 3×5 sets 2 to 3 minute rest
Half kneeling landmine press: 2×5 60% one rep max (superset)

Weighted chin-up: 80% 5 rep max 2×3

Janda sit ups 2×5 ( I went from band assisted to “full on”)

Rower for distance 2500 meters

Week 2: Add 10 pounds each set on the deadlift 2 to 3 minutes rest
Half kneeling landmine press 3×3 80% one rep max
Chin up: same load add in a rep each set
Janda the same
Rower: get it done faster

Week 3:

Add ten pounds once again on the dl
Half kneeling landmine press 3×6 70%
Chin up: same load add a rep on one set
Janda: take band away 2×3
Rower: faster same distance

Week 4:

Add 20 pounds to each set on deadlift
Half kneeling landmine:  3×4 80%
Chin up: 1st set: the same for 5 2nd: 5 pounds heavier 1 3:1
Janda: 2×4
Rower: same as last week

Week 5:
Deadlift: warm up with your 70 %  5 reps 1st set, 2nd set: 80%  3 reps rest 3 minutes in both 3rd set: 90% 1 x 5 minutes rest beforehand
Chin up: 1 set: 1st set, 4 reps of previous load. 2nd set add on 10 lbs 1 rep
Janda: 2×5
Rower: slow 2500

Week 6: Deadlift: two warm up sets at 70% and 80%  3- 5 minutes rest. 3rd set: one rep max!

Day 3: Active rest: I did boxing work, you can do whatever you like without high intensity.

Day 4:
Week 1:
Dumbbell snatch 2×5 50 lbs 2 minute rest
Superset: suitcase carry 50 steps medium load work on position and
Med. Ball scoop toss: 20 lb. ball 2×8 1 minute rest
rotational med ball slam: a weight that you can move very fast. 1 minute rest 2 sets

Week 2:
Dumbbell snatch 2×5 set 3:3
Carry again but 5 steps further
Scoop toss: same but throw it further
Rotational slam: Faster

Week 3:
Dumbbell snatch 3×5
Carry go 5 pounds heavier
Scoop toss: 20lbs. 3×8 2 minutes rest
Rotational slam: Faster

Week 4:
Dumbbell snatch 5 lbs heavier 3×5
Carry: add in 5 steps a side
Scoop toss: same but 1 1/2 minutes rest
Rotational slam: Add a set in

Week 5:
Dumbbell snatch 5 lbs heavier 3×5 faster
Carry: same
Scoop toss: same but 1 minutes rest
Rotational slam: 2 pounds heavier sam reps and sets

Week 6:
Dumbbell snatch add 5 more pounds 2×5
Carry: same
Scoop toss: same but 1  minutes rest
Rotational slam: 2 pounds heavier same reps and sets

Day 4:
Week One:
Squat Jumps; 2×6 as fast as possible up and off the floor 2 minute rest
Lateral jumps over cone: 2×6
Med ball slams 10 pounds: 2x 8 as fast as possible
Kb deadswings: 3×8  2minutes medium load

Janda sit-up: 3×5

4 minute run 2 off for recovery

Week 2:

Squat Jumps; 2×7 as fast as possible up and off the floor 2 minute rest
Lateral jumps over cone: 2×7 2 minute rest
Med ball slams 10 pounds: 2x 8 as fast as possible 1 minute rest
Kb deadswings: 3×8 1 minute rest

Janda sit-up: 3×5

4 minute run 2 off for recovery work on running technique.

Week 3:

Squat Jumps; 2×8  as fast as possible up and off the floor 2 minute rest
Lateral jumps over cone: 2×8 2 minute rest
Med ball slams 10 pounds: 2×8 and 1×6, as fast as possible 1 minute rest
Kb deadswings: 3×8 30 sec. minute rest

Janda sit-up: 3×5

4 minute run 2 off for recovery add in a round

Week 4:
Squat Jumps; 2×8, 1×6 , as fast as possible up and off the floor 2 minute rest
Lateral jumps over cone: 2×7  1x 5 2 minute rest
Med ball slams 10 pounds: 3 x 8 as fast as possible 1 minute rest
Kb regular swing : 3×8 30 minute rest

Janda sit-up: 3×5

4 minute run 2 off for recovery add another easy round in

Week 5:

Squat Jumps; 3×7 as fast as possible up and off the floor 2 minute rest
Lateral jumps over cone: 3×7 2 minute rest
Med ball slams 10 pounds: 3 x 8  1 minute rest go faster with good form
Kb Regular swings : 3×8 30 minute rest

Janda sit-up: 3×5

4 minute run 2 off for recovery 4 rounds

Week 6:

Squat Jumps;3×8 as fast as possible up and off the floor 2 minute rest
Lateral jumps over cone: 3×8 2 minute rest
Med ball slams 12 pounds: 3 x 8 as fast as possible 1 minute rest
Kb deadswings: 3×10 1 minute rest

Janda sit-up: 3×5

4 minute run 2 off for recovery 5 easy runs in

There it is guys this program made a huge difference in my sprinting speed and punching power. if you feel the need adjust it to you, but don’t go crazy too early especially if this is your first time doing a cycle like this. There is much more going on than just your ability to recover in between sets and reps,but a need for your musculoskeletal system to adapt as well. So trust the process and know the why behind your need to train like this, even if it is just to change your approach for a brief while!

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Perfection is an interesting concept, we all realize that we are not it if you are in touch with yourself and if you do think that you are you are deceived and possibly very insecure. Now the realization that you are imperfect should not leave you feeling powerless and hopeless, in fact it should make you excited for the endless possibilities to learn, grow and improve in all areas of your life from: relationships, career and so-on. I will be the first to acknowledge that learning new stuff isn’t difficult and often painful, but avoiding this truth will lead to you getting nowhere fast and becoming ineffective before you know it. So just to end this rant, seek and pursue perfection. But realize it is out of grasp and even if we did somehow manage to achieve it, how can we really know if it truly is perfection?!

Another idea where people feel that there is a perfect standard is in movement. A lot of times exercise and rehabilitation professional foolishly assume that there is no such thing as perfect movement and try to cram people into their box of ideological fallacy.

This group of people believes that their standard will somehow stop the injuries that happen in people due to poor exercise form and overuse. Yet, their clients are often the most “banged up” and it could be different if they did not assume that everyone should look the same, as well as respecting the law of individual differences.

Now this post is not saying that there are no rules for safety and performance when it comes to training and exercises. It is simply saying that there is safe form not perfect form. The goal of this post is to give you a standard for that form, which is simply, competency as well as some of the consequences of forcing our movement ideals on all. What should be corrected and finally to tie it all together with a bow and send you home being better for it!

As I stated earlier, there is no such thing as perfect movement; however, there is competent and safe movement. Safety comes as a result of not overtaxing a joint in the movement pattern and doing that overtime which could lead to injury in the exerciser. This means that you should have proper mobility and stability in the movement to keep you safe as you do it. The joint by joint concept shown below can help you visualize this as you look at it.


Also here is an example of this concept at work in squatting, the low back should be stable or long, the t-spine needs extension, the hips mobile to get in the best squat for you. You need ankle dorsi-flexion and plantar-flexion to do it well and of course your head shouldn’t bob around like Quagmire!

So in light of the last paragraph, you see the need for things to be move adequately in order to perform this task of loaded or unloaded squatting. If one aspect has an issue, it can lead to overuse in another and an overuse injury somewhere along the chain. If that is the case, our cues are not enough to fix the problem and the problem at hand should be corrected in a way that results in better movement by the individual. E.g. a restricted ankle needs to be mobilized in order to squat better.

In light of those issues that can put the exerciser into a bad position as they train there needs to be allowance for the individuality of the person and their anthropometry as they do any exercise. In fact, there may be things present in the person’s movement patterns that you feel are ugly. But that is how the person is built and just the way it goes and maybe there is a need to switch to different variation of the same move. E.G. dumbbell bench press over barbell.

Now also be aware that there is the possibility that a person may stand a tiny bit uneven in a lower body exercise and also be ok. I would in this case try to correct it, if their movement profile says that they are ok and then be open for feedback from the person as to how they feel while doing the move. If they feel weird or if they have pain there may be a chance that they have two different hip joints (the ball and socket and need to be allowed to be a bit uneven in their stance.

Depth in a move also may vary from person to person and trying to force a person deeper in a move such as a squat may lead to a whole lot of health problems down the road. So have your ideas just recognize that everyone is different and should be treated as such.

In conclusion, I hope that you realize that better is better and not to aim for some false ideal of perfection as you train others if you are a trainer and if you are a fellow no trainer fitness buff, don’t let anyone force you into an uncomfortable or painful position in the name of some outdated philosophy. Be free to do you even if it bothers the anal exercise form person. Take the time to get assessed to see if you have any issues that need correction and practice safe form as you train. Most of all keep on rocking and get fitter as you train to be the very best that you can be!

After training someone for years and spending enough for them to learn and develop good and safe technique; comes the fun stuff. I am extremely fortunate to have a good number of clients that are in that level in their fitness. They have spent time learning and improving their form on the basic exercises and as a result, they are in the position to learn and train the advanced moves. This week’s complex was created for a student that has been with me for years now and is in such a position in his fitness training.

So on his session last Thursday, I taught him the single leg press and we put it into a top secret complex (not any more) which I decided to share with you! Now if you don;t know how to do any of these moves simply substitute it with a the move that you know how to do. (E.G. an overhead press, and or windmill or swing instead of the bent press.

This week’s workout is very intense/difficult and needs to be done in small doses in order to not overreach in our fitness.

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It is done by doing:

2 single leg overhead presses (This move is not a circus mve, it has point, To make the exercise more intense without just mindlessly adding load. It also requires super high tension to do well, so don’t do more than 3 reps!)

5 single bell racked squats

2 to 3 bent presses

Do both sides, then rest to kill it again in the next round!

Now every move with exception of the squat is advanced, so if you need to regress it to a half kneeling press for the overhead press or the regular one and for the bent press a windmill or 1 arm swing. Be smart friends and don’t try to do something that you haven’t learned yet.

This complex requires a lot of tension, which means less reps, sets aand a longer rest in between rounds (2 to 5 minutes). So you can do mobility and or core work in that period,

Enjoy this workout that will both challenge and strengthen you as you do it!

Weekly Workout: The Top Secret Kettlebell Complex.

Once again we have your guidelines for success

  • Do all of your sets and reps with quality form. Crap only produces crap!
  • Breathe by matching your breathing with each pattern
  • Rest as much as you need to and no more.
  • Tough it out while working out ( keep in mind the results)
  • Enjoy the fat blasting effect  and raised metabolism.

Click here to get my Ultimate Kettlebell swing Tutorial and workout series. This series will not teach you the swing,  but show you  how to train with it to get to your goals!

I am by nature an introverted person, am inclined to shyness and as a result of my personality am very, skeptical. So as you can imagine, when something new comes along, I am not the first to embrace it with open arms. In fact, I usually stay away from it, do research and then begin to experiment with the thing. In this case it is exercise and considering the fact that I train others for a living and their safety and results are in my hands as far as picking moves and programs to do goes, it makes it a very good trait to have.

I was very skeptical of kettlebells when they began to get popular around my area. But I did my due diligence and came to the conclusion that they are a very useful tool and when coupled with good programming, can get someone the results that they crave. So you can probably imagine when hip thrusts came along I was a bit apprehensive. Beside the fact that it looked like you were trying to get it on with the bar! 

I however began to look into this move and began to read up on it. I looked for articles, research, analysis and other’s experience and results from and with this movement and found it to be a useful movement and as a result have added it into my client’s and my own training.

I have had some good results from using it as well. One: my glutes fire so much harder on my other lower body moves such as my squats and deads.

Two: I have ended up improving my kettlebell swing form and my ability to generate force.

Third: my butt grew a bit which my wife likes! I am also sure that there have been other benefits but I haven’t noticed them as of yet.

How to do them:

This movement is not too complex to do but like every exercise, you will need to pay attention to the details as you do them. In order to get the full benefit of this drill and to become a believer like me, you will want to: Set up properly, find a spot on the horizon to focus on throughout the movement, keep your rib cage down. Drive the earth away through your heels, keep your knees out and squeeze your glutes hard on top.

1. Set up properly:
I have said it a million times and now I will say it a million and one: “the set-up is the most important part of any exercise.” The same holds true for this movement pattern; if you don’t set up well, it will be hard to fix everything once you start your set.

So when you set up: take a seat on the ground with your mid back on the bench behind you. (Make sure that the bench won’t move before you get going.) Find a spot to look at on the horizon throughout the move, place the barbell on your A.S.I.S or the bony part of your hips. Tighten your with a brace (as if you are about to get a people’s elbow to your gut.) and get ready to get some booty and strength building movement!

2. Push through your heels:

Like any other exercise that works the posterior chain, you will need to “push the earth away with your heels” to engage your glutes, hammies and of your other back side’s muscles. If you do this as well as the other parts to this move, you will get an amazing glute activation.

3.Force your knees out:
Physics are funny and always lead to a certain part of our body wanting to collapse under the resistance of a move. For example, when you do push-ups- your low back and legs want to bow.  In this case just as with squats your knees may want to bow inward. So make sure to keep your knees out as you workout by using this strength move. To learn more about this and how to correct this mistake, click here.

4. Squeeze your glutes hard on top:
The Glute max is a phasic core muscle, which simply means that we must focus on firing them to get the most out of it. So as you do this move, you basically want to do a plank for your butt and squeeze super hard as you pause on top for a second.

Hip thrusters have won over this skeptic in a very convincing way. Between my and other’s experience and Bret Contreras research, I am a convert and use them with most of my clients for various reasons but always with good results. I recommend that you do the same and get to as Bret C would say, “Get glutes!”