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Week 3: Hook-Lying Glute Bridge

Updated: May 19

Purpose: To coordinate core and Gluteus Maximus/Medius/Minimus activation while lifting hips into extension in a gravity-minimized position

What It Targets: Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Medius, Gluteus Minimus, Transverse Abdominis, Rectus Abdominis, Internal Obliques, External Obliques, Hamstrings, Deep Hip External Rotators


  1. Lay on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor (Hook-Lying position)

  2. Place your pelvis in a slight posterior tilt by rolling your tailbone towards your belly-button while keeping your butt on the floor

  3. Initiate and sustain a core engagement by forcefully exhaling or fake laughing

  4. Press through your heels as you lift your hips up towards the ceiling using the power of your glutes over your hamstrings

  5. Lift your hips until your trunk is in line with your thighs, but without losing core engagement or creating lumbar spine extension

  6. Pause at the top of the motion for 2-3 seconds while breathing

  7. Maintain core engagement while you slowly lower your hips back to the floor with good control

  8. Repeat as prescribed

Main Cues:

  • Maintain posterior pelvic tilt

  • Maintain core engagement

  • Press through your heels as you lift your hips

  • Avoid lumbar spine extension

  • Lift your hips to the ceiling on the EXHALE

  • Slowly lower with good control on the INHALE

Common Compensations/Adverse Effects:

  • Lumbar Spine Extension and possibly back pain due to lifting hips up too high

Correction: Lead the lift with your core and stop once your trunk is just below the level of your thighs

  • Feel it more in quads than glutes

Correction: Press through your heels rather than your toes

  • Feel it more in hamstrings than glutes

Correction: Bend your knees a bit more

  • Hurts or puts too much pressure on knees:

Correction: Lessen the degree of knee flexion by straightening the knees a bit

Why We Love It:

  • Teaches coordination of core and glute engagement while performing hip extension

  • Establishes proper glute activation preparing you to progress to squats and dead lifts

  • Improves bed mobility

  • Improves ability to stand up from a seated position

Variations: Bridge with ball in between knees; Bridge with band around knees; Bridge with Marching; Feet Elevated Bridge; Arms Elevated Bridge; Valslide Bridge; Single Leg Bridge

*Disclaimer: Not all exercises are suitable for everyone, and participation in novel activities may increase the risk of adverse effects such as pain, soreness, or injury. Please consult with your Physician or a local Physical Therapist prior to attempting any exercise you feel uncomfortable performing. If adverse reactions occur, discontinue performance of the exercise and consult your physician or trusted clinician for evaluation.

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