Glute bridges are a great movement for building strength in your glutes and hips, and when done correctly, they can actually help to prevent lower back pain.
You should feel this movement fire up your glutes and your hamstrings if you’re doing it correctly. The bridge is also good for improving hip mobility and strengthening your lower back, two things anyone who works at a desk can benefit from.
However, when performed incorrectly, they can and be the cause of lower back pain and discomfort. If you ever feel discomfort in your lower back when performing the glute bridge here are some tips to incorporate into your next workout.
Keep your torso flat at the top of the movement:
- When performing a bridge, you want to think about keeping your rib cage flat against your body as opposed to letting it flare up. This positioning will help you to remain neutral through your spine and will target the glutes much more effectively
- Push your feet into the floor as you press your hips up
- Squeeze your glutes at the top of the movement