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GYM: Glutes & Hamstrings
Glutes & Hamstrings
- Hip Thrusts – 10 reps – 2 sets, until failure – 3 sets
- Romanian Deadlift – 10,10,8,8 reps
- Reverse Lunges – 8 reps each leg – 4 sets
- Dumbbell Sumo Squat – 12,12,10,10 reps
- Hip Abductors – until failure – 3 sets
Place your feet hip width apart and not too far away from your body, when you press up it should make about a 90 degree angle. Its very important to make sure you are not arching your back as you thrust up and also to not let it arch as you bring the weight down. I find it helps me to lift my toes a bit and really push through my heels to make sure I am isolating my glutes as much as possible.
With your feet about hips width apart, grip the bar wider than your hips with both your palms facing you. Slowly lower the bar down your shins being sure to squeeze your glutes as you pull up. The most important thing here to be pushing your hips back and putting weight into your heels. Keep a slight bend in your knees but mostly straight and really feel your hips going back rather than just your chest going down to avoid pulling the bar up with your lower back. Also keep your chin tucked, don’t be looking up into the mirror.
Place the barbell on your back on your traps above your shoulder blades. If the bar feels uncomfortable you can put a barbell pad on or use dumbbells at your sides. Stand with your feet hip width apart and slowly step on leg back until it reaches the ground. Both your knees should be in about a 90 degree angle. Push up through your front heel and bring your other leg back up into the starting position. You can alternate legs each time or you can do the reps on one leg and then switch to the other.
Dumbbell Sumo Squat
Position your feet in a wide stance a few inches outside your shoulders with your toes pointed slight outward, doing this will help force your knees out. You never want your knees to be caving in at any time, you also don’t want your knees coming over your toes. Sit back into your heels as you squat down. Brace your core and keep your chest up with your chin tucked, this will help keep your spine in aline and keep your back from arching. Hold the dumbbell with both hands in-between your legs and relax your arms.
You can sit all the way back on the machine or you can lean forward (I do both). Make sure your glutes never leave the seat and that your core is tight. Push out as far as your can, squeeze and hold it there for a second before slowly bringing your legs back in.