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Glutes & Hamstrings
- Hip Thrusts – until failure – 5 sets
- Sumo Squat – 12 reps – 4 sets
- Elevated Reverse Lunges – 8 reps each leg – 4 sets
- Glute Kick Backs – 12 reps each leg – 4 sets
- Step Ups – 8 reps each leg – 3 sets
- 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. Place the dumbbell just below your hips and hold it in place with your hands through the exercise. 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.
Position your feet in a wide position outside your shoulers with your toes slightly pointed out. Holding your dumbbells in your hands in-between your legs, slowly squat down being sure to keep your weight in your heels. Make sure your knees are following your toes, also pointed outwards and keep your chest up but your head down to keep your spine neutral. Focusing on squeezing your glutes as you push up out of the squat.
Elevated Reverse Lunges
Using a small elevated platform and holding a dumbbell in each hand, stand on top of the platform. You can use a step up box if you have one or you can stack a couple of 45lb plates. Slowly step back one leg at a time into a deep lunge, then back on the platform. Alternate legs each rep.
Glute Kick Backs
Balanced on one leg with a band around your thighs, slowly kick back one leg behind you. I suggest having something to lean into so you can focus less on the balance and more on the squeeze and intention behind the movement. Be sure to keep the leg you are kicking back with straight and being sure to hold and squeeze for a second at the top. Slowly bright your leg back down and tap the ground and repeat.
The key here is slow and controlled. Focusing on one leg at a time step up and try your best not to let the other leg push off the ground, keep all your weight on the leg you are stepping up with. As you come back down to the ground you want to be as slow and controlled as possible, try your best not to let your leg land hard but rather setting in down softly. Make sure you are keeping a tight core to help with balance and stability. If this is difficult at first find something shorter than a bench or try without holding the weight.
Seated with your feet together and a band a couple inches above your knees. Push your knees out against the band and as far out as you can and get a good squeeze. Slowly bring your knees back together and repeat.