Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredBarbell
  • MechanicsIsolation
  • Force TypePush (Bilateral)
  • Experience LevelIntermediate
  • Secondary Muscles
    Abs, Hamstrings
Target Muscle Group


Glutes Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Barbell Hip Thrust Overview

The barbell hip thrust is an exercise that is used to build the glute muscles. It will also indirectly target the other muscles of the legs such as the hamstrings, quads, and calves.

Barbell hip thrusts are thought to be the optimal exercise for glute specific training. So, if you have goals to build a bigger butt, barbell hip thrusts should be included in your workouts.

Building strong glutes will also have a positive carryover into your other exercises including squat variations and deadlift variations.

Barbell hip thrusts can be included in your leg workouts and full body workouts.

Barbell Hip Thrust Instructions

  1. Start in a supine position with your back on a bench and roll a barbell up to the crease of your hips.
  2. Drive both feet into the floor and squeeze your glutes while bridging your hips up.
  3. Lower your hips back to the starting position and repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Barbell Hip Thrust Tips

  1. If just using your bodyweight, you can cross your arms in front of your chest or simply have them straight out to the sides. Utilize whichever method is more comfortable.
  2. Ensure that the lower back doesn’t arch as you extend the hip, you should focus on squeezing the glutes and slightly posteriorly tilting the pelvis.
  3. Ideally you should prioritize a straight line from your knees through your shoulders at the peak of contraction.
  4. Don’t allow the hips to drop or rotate as you bridge the hips up.
  5. Focus on exhaling as you bridge the hips up. You shouldn’t feel the movement through your lower back at all.
  6. If you can’t seem to feel your glutes activating, palpate the musculature with your hands and focus on pausing the movement at the peak of contraction.
Posted on: Sun, 05/14/2023 - 18:12

The "Dumbbell Hip Thrust" from the 4 Day Dumbbell Workout directs to this page. Is there an equivalent workout with dumbbells?

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Posted on: Mon, 05/29/2023 - 08:21

We didn't have a video for the dumbbell version. You rest a dumbbell on each leg and perform the exercise as if you have a barbell.

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2023 - 14:16

Hi, what would be a good start barbell weight to choose for this? Thanks :)

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Posted on: Wed, 03/22/2023 - 16:25

If you're new to the movement, then I suggest literally starting with the bar alone and gradually making 20-30 pound jumps until you find what works for you.

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Posted on: Mon, 09/06/2021 - 22:55

Thanks for finally writing about >Barbell Hip Thrust: Video Exercise Guide & Tips

Posted on: Mon, 09/06/2021 - 22:19

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Megan Hennessy
Posted on: Mon, 08/09/2021 - 20:43

I have been told not have your head back and it should be looking forward all the time ( information from Brett the guy who invented the hip thrusts)

Posted on: Thu, 01/07/2021 - 07:45

Any substitute for this excerice?

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Posted on: Thu, 01/07/2021 - 09:52

Hey Joseph - Romanian deadlifts or regular deadlift

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Posted on: Sun, 03/17/2024 - 16:28

The RDL calls for you to keep a bend in the knee throughout the rep and will emphasize the glutes and hamstrings more. You do also stop short of the floor. The regular deadlift starts at the floor and you are to achieve a straight leg at the top of the rep to lock it out.

Hope this helps, and thank you for reading M&S!

Posted on: Sun, 03/10/2024 - 06:32

What is the e difference between RDL and deadlift? Is it the distance you lower the bar?

wendy placide
Posted on: Wed, 01/29/2020 - 13:22

Hi Josh,
I've been following your program and enjoying it as well,however I notice the program is advised as 12 weeks but only 4weeks is on the program .

Posted on: Sat, 10/05/2019 - 22:34

Instead of back against bench or steppers, would a BOSU ball be ok?

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Posted on: Mon, 10/07/2019 - 11:17

Hi Lydia,

It wouldn't be an ideal thrusting angle in my opinion. In this instance, I'd recommend barbell glute bridges from the floor.

Posted on: Fri, 08/23/2019 - 03:27

Any substitute of this exercise

Posted on: Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:03

Please recommend a substitution; free weights or machine. I lift with my 16 year old daughter who is a very tiny person and this movement is awkward and uncomfortable for her. Thank you.

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Posted on: Mon, 01/14/2019 - 13:41

Hi Jodi,

I'd recommend performing the movement either with bodyweight alone or using a dumbbell if resistance is necessary.

Posted on: Thu, 01/03/2019 - 19:05

Hi, I do not have a barbell cover. Do gyms usually supply these? Or so people usually buy and bring their own? Could I do this exercise without one?

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Posted on: Fri, 01/04/2019 - 16:15

Hi Anna,

I've had to buy them personally. Some gyms do provide them. Some try wrapping yoga mats around the bar - or using the squat bar pad.

Hope this helps!

Posted on: Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:04

What equipment could be used besides a barbell?

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Posted on: Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:00

Hi Jackie,

You could use a dumbbell, kettlebell, resistance band against squat rack hooks, or even your bodyweight.

Hope this helps!