Bret Contreras is definitely a popular figure these days in the strength and conditioning world and for good reason. He runs a great blog and puts out a monthly research review with Chris Beardsley that I highly recommend if you want to stay on top of research relevant to the strength and conditioning field. Needless to say, I am a fan of Bret and his work and appreciate the efforts he puts into improving our field.
However, today, I want to discuss one of his ideas regarding finishing a hip thrust or deadlift. Bret has suggested to posteriorly tilt the pelvis to really get maximum glute contraction during these movements and to help overcome anterior pelvic tilt (see THIS POST for his favorite exercises to posteriorly pelvic tilt).
While a properly performed posterior tilt will increase glute contraction, it is often very hard for people. Many people simply lack the multisegmental flexion in their low back to achieve a good posterior tilt. Therefore, when they attempt to do this they simply shove their hips forward versus lifting the front of the pelvis up.
Now, don’t get me wrong. This will still achieve great glute contraction, but is also places a lot of stress of the front of the hip. I see many clients at IFAST, and among my distance clients who have instability and laxity in the front of their hip. Basically, the ligaments and passive structures that are supposed to be keeping their femur in their socket are loose, and this can cause pain and irritation in the front of the hip with excessive stretching or pressure.
Therefore, teaching them to properly engage their glutes while also using their abs is very important. And, even if you do not have laxity in the front of your hips, it is still beneficial to learn to use your abs and glutes together to finish a hip thrust or deadlift.
Simply watch the video below for a detailed explanation of the difference and how to correct it.
Leave any questions or comments below. Have a great week!