Banded Hip Bridges

Banded Hip Bridges
Written by Cat Blatner

Hip bridges are always a great way to activate the booty. Adding a band to this movement can get you even more glute and hamstring recruitment than ever before.

Set Up:

Take a Slingshot band and place it just above your knees. Lie on your back and bend the knees so that the bottom of your feet are flat on the ground. Keep the belly tight throughout the entire movement so that the torso moves as one piece.

In the video, the first three hip bridges are performed with a tight midline and the last three are done with no tension in the belly as an example of good midline versus a lazy one.

Squeeze the butt and drive the heels through the ground until you have a completely opened at the hips and you’ve reached the top of the bridge. Pause for a second or two at the top of the movement. Repeat for 10-12 reps. You can add these to any warm up routine to activate the posterior chain or use them as a great glute accessory drill.

 

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