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How To Do The Glute Bridge?

One of the most popular exercises for building beautiful and strong buttocks is the recumbent pelvis lift. This exercise is quite effective and usually becomes part of the complexes aimed at working out the lower body.

Benefits of the glute bridge

The glute bridge is a variation of the bridge exercise, but, unlike the bridge, it does not load the spine.

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Working muscles

The advantages of the exercise are as follows:

1It benefits the gluteus maximus muscles, further strengthening the hamstrings (back muscles)

2No additional equipment is required to complete the glute bridge. A gym mat is sufficient. You can do it at a convenient time at home

3The glute bridge is one of the safest exercises for working out the glutes. People who do not have significant physical training, as well as adolescents, children, and even pregnant women can safely perform it. In the latter case, the intensity of the load should be reduced by decreasing the number of reps. It is also recommended to carefully monitor your condition, and if the slightest discomfort occurs, immediately stop exercising

4In addition, the bridge is a familiar and simple exercise. Everyone knows it from the school physical education course. Therefore, the glute bridge is ideal for fitness beginners who are not too confident in their abilities but want quick results

The glute bridge refers to isolation exercises. It’s advisable to perform the exercise in a comprehensive workout of the lower body or combine it with aerobic exercise (if your goal is fat burning).


Like any other exercise, the glute bridge should only be done after a warm-up. If you are doing it alone, add 4-5 minutes of running in place or any other moderate-intensity movement as a warm-up. Although, as mentioned above, it is recommended to do it after basic exercises.

Proper exercise technique

To perform the glute bridge, take the following position:

  • Lie on the floor, stretch your arms along your body and press them to the floor, palms down

  • Bend your legs at the knees and pull them as close to the buttocks as possible

  • Make sure your fingers are pointing towards your heels

  • Keep your feet and knees hip-width apart

  • Press your shoulders and body firmly to the floor surface

  • Raise your toes slightly, focusing on your heels

glute bridge_initial position

Initial position

You are now ready to do the glute bridge:

1Lift your pelvis up. Your body should form a straight line with the hips. Press on your heels. It’s an important condition, which guarantees the correct lifting technique and maximizes the load on the gluteal muscles. You should not feel the tension in your back

2Once you reach the top of your movement, tense your glutes as much as possible. Maintain in such a position for 2-5 seconds

3Make sure that during the entire exercise, the load falls on the buttocks, and not on the quadriceps. In the latter case, you are clearly doing something wrong

4Go down slowly for 1-2 breaths. Avoid jerking and sudden movements. Try not to touch the floor with your buttocks. It’ll keep the muscles in good shape throughout the exercise. Ideally, at the lowest point, there should be 3-5 centimeters between your body and the floor
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Exercise’s high point

During the exercise, do not turn your head from side to side. It can cause injury to the cervical spine. It’ll also be unpleasant to stretch the muscle. The gaze should be directed straight up.

Maintaining the specified amplitude, do 15-20 reps. Take a 1-minute break and repeat the whole exercise 1-2 more times.

Exercise variations

If your fitness level is high enough, try to make the glute bridge harder by increasing the number of reps or adding an extra set. There also is an advanced version of the exercise, namely the barbell pelvic thrust. Additional burdening will give the muscles of the buttocks an increased load.


If you are not used to working with a barbell or doing a bridge at home, use a regular dumbbell, kettlebell, or other weight. Grasp the selected inventory with your hands and place it on your lower abdomen. Follow the pattern described above.

To relieve tension in the lower back and avoid injury, the glute bridge with dumbbells, a barbell, or other weights is best performed with your back resting on a bench.

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Barbell implementation

There is also an option – to put your feet on a small stand. Such an action will allow you to lower your pelvis, increasing the effectiveness of the exercise.

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Using the bench

As you can see, the glute bridge is a simple yet highly effective exercise. The first results from its regular and correct implementation will become noticeable after 1.5-2 months. The shape of the buttocks will improve significantly. The muscles will become strong and won’t lose their elasticity. By combining the glute bridge with aerobics, you’ll also enjoy reducing the volume of your problem area.

If your goal is to strengthen and develop the gluteal muscles, use additional weights, such as a barbell or dumbbell.

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