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GYM: Glutes & Hamstrings
Glutes & Hamstrings
- Sumo Deadlift – 8,8,6,6 reps – 4 sets
- Hip Thrusts – 10 reps straight into 5 pulse reps – 4 sets
- Bulgarian Split Squat – 8 reps each leg – 4 sets
- Glute Kick Backs – 12 reps each leg – 3 sets
- Hamstring Curls – until failure – 3 sets
Place your feet in a wide position with your feet a few inches outside your shoulders and point your toes slightly out away from your body. As you squat down make sure you are keeping your chest up and pushing up through your heels to prevent pulling up with your back. Be sure you are forcing your knees out in aline with your toes. You can grip the bar with both your palms facing you, or with one facing you and one facing away.
10 full reps straight into 5 pulse (or half) reps. Make sure to hold & squeeze at the top of each rep.
Bulgarian Split Squat
Stand 2 to 3 feet in front of a knee-high platform or bench and position your right leg behind you resting your foot flat on the bench. Slowly lower down towards the ground and back up. The further out you place your front foot, the more you will be engaging your hamstrings and glutes, the closer is it to the bench the more you will engage quads. Another factor is your chest. The more you slightly lean forward, you will engage hamstrings and glutes, and the more upright your torso is will be more quad focused.
Glute Kick Backs
You can perform this exercise with an ankle strap or if you don’t have one you can use a small handle attachment and put the top of your foot in it. Set the cable all the way to the ground and take a step out so you can create some resistance but also be close enough to hold onto the cable tower for balance. You should be facing the cable tower with a slight bend in your hips about 45° leaning forward. Put the strap or handle around one of your ankles and kick straight back. You should be squeezing your glute at the top and slowly coming back down being sure to not bring your torso up as you kick back. Hold on to the cable tower and slightly lean into it for better balance.
Slow and controlled is key here. Your hips shoulder never leave the pad and your back should not be arched. Squeeze hard at the top and slowly bring your feet back down to the starting position. You want to go all the way back to the starting position with each rep without completely setting the weight down, keep the tension the the whole time.